Sometimes decluttering fast is the best way to get organized, clear clutter, and make space for the things I truly enjoy.
Decluttering a house or even just a room can be overwhelming as a whole project, so I like to work on the spaces in short, 15 minute blocks of time.
I set the timer and clear clutter fast. When the timer goes off, I stop — unless I’m having fun and feeling motivated, in which case I keep going.
Recently after doing four 15-minute sessions over two weekend days I took eight bags of treasures to the ARC drop-off: DVDs, little-worn clothing, books, toys and knick knacks.
Each bag that goes out the door frees up lovely open space.
What I’ve discovered is that decluttering is a lot like paying off debt. In the early stages you have to spend extra time going through everything, when you feel like you have absolutely no time to spare.
But as each space gets uncluttered, time gradually returns.
As each space or closet or cabinet becomes tidy, it’s faster to find things and easier to keep clean.
You may find, as I do, that walking into an uncluttered room fills your spirit with peace. What a nice feeling to cultivate at home.
5 Decluttering Hacks to Clear Clutter Faster
Here are five tips to help you get started and maintain a clutter-free living space:
1. Start with a plan
Before diving into decluttering, take some time to develop a plan of action. Decide which areas or rooms you want to tackle first and set specific goals for each space. Having a clear plan will keep you focused and motivated throughout the process.
2. Sort items into 3 categories
As you go through each room, sort items into three categories: Keep, Donate/Sell and Discard. If you haven’t used or needed something in a long time, it might be time to let it go.
3. Organize one area at a time
Decluttering can quickly become overwhelming if you try to tackle the entire house at once. Instead, focus on one area or room at a time. This approach allows you to see progress more easily and prevents you from feeling like the task is insurmountable.
4. Create a clutter-free zone
Designate a specific area in your home that will remain clutter-free. This could be a countertop, a shelf, or an entire room. Having one space that is consistently tidy will serve as a reminder of what the rest of your home can look like and encourage you to keep decluttering.
5. Perform regular maintenance
Once you’ve decluttered your home, make a habit of regularly tidying and organizing your belongings. Allocate a few minutes each day or set aside time each week to address any new clutter that accumulates. This consistent effort will help prevent the clutter from building up again and make future decluttering sessions much easier.
How About You?
What space would you like to declutter first? Leave a comment below! Feel free to share your project, your results, your suggestions, your frustrations, or anything else you want to say about tidying up your spaces.
Working steadily and encouraging each other, we can do this!
For more on this topic, you might also enjoy “Answering Your Decluttering Questions.”
This post was originally published on March 2, 2018 and was updated on July 27, 2023.