The Simple Way I Declutter One Room At a Time –
Decluttering Ideas That WORK! Ready to learn how to declutter a room full of STUFF (even if your house is a disgusting mess)? Feel like you need to PURGE your ENTIRE home? You’re NOT alone! Let’s talk about how to declutter room by room WITHOUT losing your mind.
Clutter is OVERWHELMING – it seriously causes major anxiety for me… are you the same?
If so, my simple step-by-step strategy for decluttering my home room by room will absolutely help you declutter and organize your WHOLE house, too.
How To Declutter Your Home FAST
Does the thought of decluttering your entire home overwhelm you? A job that large can be daunting.
The solution is to break the big, overwhelming task down into much smaller “doable” tasks, so that you can work on your clutter at your own pace and still tackle the job.
Use the following steps to start you on your way to a clutter-free home.
How To Declutter Your Home Room by Room
Below are my 4 simple steps for total clutter domination in MY home.
I’ve tried this many different ways, but this is the process that really works for me.
Note: if you’re trying to declutter with kids, do yourself a HUGE favor and see if the kids can hang out with a friend, neighbor and/or relative for the day.
It will makes this whole decluttering process SO much easier on YOU.
Start With TWO Questions…
Decluttering is not only overwhelming, it also can cause some serious anxiety for many folks.
To help avoid those anxious feelings, prepare yourself by getting 2 simple questions in your mind… and then that is ALL you will think about while decluttering.
Question 1 – Do I really NEED this?
Yes, NEED it.
If you take your feelings out of your decision making, you will find there are MANY, M-A-N-Y things you own that you do NOT need at ALL.
Question 2 – Where Will It Go?
If the answer is “YES”, that you really DO need that thing, then quickly decide where that thing will “live” in your home.
If the answer is “NO”, you do NOT really need that thing, will it be trashed or donated.
Clearing the clutter in any room needs to be NON-emotional and very Yes/No, black and white – or else you will find yourself stuck and most likely getting nothing accomplished.
I’m all about “Joy” when it comes to decluttering my clothes – but for STUFF… no, it’s very simple:
Need it or TRASH IT.
Ok, let’s get started!
1. Make a Checklist
Grab a notepad and create a master plan or list for your entire house- yes, room by room.
Yep, we want to make a declutter Master Plan on paper
Use a separate piece of paper for each room or area; a sample declutter your home checklist would include:
Customize that room checklist for the rooms in YOUR house.
I know it probably sounds silly to make a list of your rooms, but it really helps keep you focused on ONE room at a time so you do NOT get overwhelmed
Prefer a workbook or checklist to prepare to declutter your entire home?
We have free printables =)
Or, Amazon has these:
Next, decide what belongs in each room/area on your plan.
For example, decide ahead of time where the household papers belong – do you want to keep files in the kitchen near your command center or do you have a home office?
Tip: Where are the piles of paper situated in your house?
In my house, everything gets dropped in the kitchen.
To battle that kitchen clutter, I have this 2-step system:
1. I have a command center area in my kitchen where I keep all my “need right now” papers
2. Any “must keep” papers are organized in my home office (here’s how I keep my desk organized).
Keep asking yourself these questions as you look around your house and make your plan. Where will your son’s sports equipment go? Will your daughter’s toys be kept in her bedroom or the playroom?
Tip: I like to keep “quiet” toys in the bedroom and “noisy” toys in the playroom.
Half the battle of decluttering is just placing things where they belong and having a “home” for every item in your house.
The other half of the decluttering your home battle is THROWING STUFF AWAY.
Overwhelmed by clutter and can’t seem to get motivated to declutter ALL your clutter piles? Here’s a Decluttering Club Tip: Always use BAGS when you are decluttering your home… NOT boxes. There’s a very simple reason why bags work SO much better when decluttering any room in your home.
2. Prepare To Get Rid of Clutter
Use Three Large Boxes. Label these boxes as follows:
Choose ONE room to get started.
A good idea is to start with the smallest room or the room you feel is the least cluttered.
Because decluttering that first small “easy” room will give you a sense of accomplishment and inspire you to keep going (hopefully!).
It also helps to choose a room that does not contain your personal belongings, at least to start.
You may get caught up in a trip down memory lane and accomplish nothing.
For example, the smallest area in my home that needs decluttering is my office closet – but I NEVER start in that small space when I am doing a room-by-room decluttering spree!
Because I have boxes of family photos and things from my kid’s school years in there.
If I started decluttering in that space, I wouldn’t come out for HOURS… and my inspiration to declutter anything else would be drained.
So start decluttering your home in the smallest space that you feel you can declutter quickly WITHOUT too much personal attachment to the stuff in it to delay the results of your Master Plan.
3. Declutter Room by Room Strategy
Now it’s time to declutter your home, room by room, quickly, easily and methodically.
Here’s the simple process I use to declutter each room… when going room-by-room:
My House Was a MESS!
And my anxiety was through the roof!
I needed a plan to get it together - it was all pushing me over the edge.
Thing is - we LIVE here... I never had the fantasy that my home would ever look "Pinterest perfect".
I simply wanted more control, less clutter and much less anxiety.
I finally found something that worked for ME.
- My house is now easier to clean - I can now clean it in minutes, instead of hours.
- I can now actually FIND the things I'm looking for.
- I learned some simple decluttering systems that make me much more efficient every day - and I'm more relaxed and less overwhelmed all the time (finally)
- My house now looks pretty darn good almost all the time.
- Best of all - I no longer stress about guests unexpectedly showing up.
This is how I did it.
- Pick a room to start in and a corner to begin.
- Put the trash in a trash bag
- Put the “I don’t need anymore” in a box or bag (label them first to avoid confusion) these are donated
- Put the “I know I want to keep – but I’m not sure where it should go” in a box and write it on a page in notepad and put page with box
- Put the “I know I want to keep and it belongs in another room” in a basket or bin
- Put the “I’m not sure if I want to keep” in a box – listed on paper with box
- Leave the “I know I want to keep in this room” where it is.
Resist the urge to jump around; this will take longer and you may miss something.
Keep your master list/plan with you the entire time, but only the page for that specific room.
As you work through the room, anything that does not belong should be placed in one of the three boxes.
Note that the “Put Away” box is for items that belong in another room, not items that belong in that room but need to be put away.
and STILL have a LIFE.
4. FINISH Each Room
Do NOT skip this last step.
When you have gone through the entire room, deal immediately with the contents of your three boxes.
Put the items that belong in another room where they belong, throw out all garbage and place the “give away” items in your car to be dropped off at a place that accepts such donations the very next time you go out.
Try to keep in mind as you declutter that you are not attempting to organize at this point. You just want to clear the decks.
Do one room at a time as your schedule permits and be sure to maintain the rooms that you have already done.
Once your entire home is completely decluttered, then you can move on to organizing what remains.
When you’re ready to finally STOP being a cluttered mess and really ORGANIZE your home…
Such simply BRILLIANT organizers for every little space in your home!
And OMG, I am in LOVE with these IKEA storage bags!
Have you seen them or used them before?
They are AWESOME!
Seriously, I could spend ALL DAY browsing through all these home organization products and planning out what I need.
I know that having a ‘place for EVERYTHING’ is key for ME to keep my home neat, organized and clutter-free.
If I need to spend a few bucks to make that happen, I’m ALL for it!
Being organized is MUCH cheaper than being a cluttered mess.
And that is the “secret” to successfully decluttering your home room by room – don’t try and do EVERYTHING in each room – just get rid of the clutter so THEN you can get each room organized.
Declutter Room By Room Checklist
Here is a really simple clutter checklist to declutter all the crap in each room of your house. It’s really useful to help you figure out WHAT clutter to throw away.
These are my FAVORITE storage containers
They are airtight and they look GREAT sitting on my kitchen counters, in my cabinets and other storage spaces around my house!
I even use them for my desk and craft stuff - LOVE them!
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