Declutter Your Home In Less Than 15 Minutes A Day
Most people will agree that there are many benefits to having less clutter and being organized, but just because we know it’s beneficial, doesn’t mean we have any idea of how to get there or where to start.
Time is also a factor when getting our homes organized because getting a space in order does take time and effort. We’ve been accumulating things for years, so often, there’s a lot of clutter to go through.
An organized mom knows, decluttering her home is a key habit to keeping her home in order. Most of us don’t feel like we have the time to take on a declutter and organization project...especially when we have children at home, but it’s simpler than you think.
What if there was a way to start the organization process with less than 15 minutes a day?
Sounds great, doesn’t it? But how?
The same way you’d eat an elephant (but don’t because that’s gross ;)
A little at a time.
You couldn’t eat it all at once; if you thought you had to eat that elephant in one sitting you wouldn’t even begin, would you? The same can be said for organizing our homes. It can seem so daunting that we don’t even start. But if we do a little at a time, starting with getting rid of clutter, the process doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Declutter Your Life
Clutter is one of the biggest reasons we fail at staying organized. We fail because we have so much stuff and it’s overwhelming!!
Am I right?
However, there is a solution.
Tackling the clutter is the first step to getting…and staying organized.
Set aside a little time each day or even every other day, to declutter and it will eventually get done. Once it’s finished, I can promise you that if you maintain it, it will be a much quicker process each time.
So how do we declutter our home and tackle the first step to getting and staying organized?
We take the first “bite” starting with less than 15 minutes a day of decluttering our home.
Before taking a deep dive into organizing your space, start by decluttering each drawer, closet and cupboard. Get rid of things that are damaged, expired, or no longer being used. It is amazing how much clutter we accumulate.
Once the clutter is gone, I know you will be feeling pretty good about what you have accomplished and be ready to move on to the next step; the organization process. The great thing is that because you got rid of so much stuff, all that will be left to organize are the things you want to keep.
I have created a list of items to dispose of, according to the area in the home, although this may vary a bit. This isn’t for the purpose of rehousing items or moving them to a different area in the home. The decluttering process is removing items that need to be thrown out or donated!! The purpose is to declutter your home, to enable you to get organized, and stay organized.
How To Declutter Your Home
Let’s get started!
· Donation box or bag
· Garbage bag
Below is a list of over 75 items to throw out or donate for the purpose of simplifying and getting a jump start to get your space in order.
Pick a room (bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, etc.) and an area (drawer, cupboard, countertop etc.) and set your timer for 15 minutes. Start picking up items and deciding whether to keep, throw away or donate. Move quickly.
If you’re unsure of what to donate or throw away, the printable declutter checklist will give you some ideas to get you started.
Get your printable declutter checklist here
· Non-matching and holey socks
· Damaged clothing
· Jewelry you no longer wear, is damaged or outdated
· Old perfume and cologne
· Worn out pyjamas
· Worn out undergarments
· Shoes that no longer fit or are worn out
· Old belts and wallets
· Promo sport shirts
· Same as above (bedroom) for clothing
· Broken toys
· Restaurant promotional toys
· Toys that don’t get used
· Deflated balls
· Takeout ketchup, soy sauce and dressings
· Food storage that is broken or missing a lid
· Chipped mugs or cups
· Outdated or stale baking supplies
· Expired food
· Empty or almost empty containers
· Freezer burnt food
· Cookbooks (the ones you don’t use…for what you do use, find out how to organize a recipe binder here)
· Broken appliances
· Leftover party plates and napkins
· Extra water bottles
· Takeout menus
· Dry pens
· Broken pencils
· Extra phone books
· Dried out markers
Family Room/Living Room
· DVD’s you never watch or are damaged
· CD’s you never listen to
· Magazines (pull out articles or ideas you love and place in a folder for another project)*
· Power cords for items you no longer have
· Old/used electronics
· Books you’ll never read
· Knickknacks you don’t love anymore, are worn out or damaged
· Goopy nail polish
· Extra makeup bags
· Hair tools you no longer use or are broken
· Hair accessories you no longer use or are broken
· Expired medication or prescriptions
· Empty or almost empty containers
· Bathroom linens that are worn out
· Promotional/sample size products you won’t use
· Worn out sheets
· Worn out bedding
· Old pillows
· Old throw/decorative pillows
· Old throw blankets
· Gloves with no match or holes
· Hats you no longer wear
· Footwear that is worn out or outgrown
· Jackets that are worn out, no longer fit or are not worn
· Keys that you no longer need
· Broken sunglasses or pairs that are not being used
· Purses or bags that are broken or worn out
· Junk mail (delete, unsubscribe, etc.)
· Delete apps you do not use
· Delete bad pictures
· Delete old texts
· Delete contacts that you don’t need
· Vases that you no longer use or are broken
· Planters that you no longer use or are broken
· Excess reusable bags
· Holiday decorations you no longer use
· Broken suitcases
· Garage sale items you’ve been holding on to
· Anything broken
· Old paint
· Old craft supplies
· Unfinished projects
· Extra home improvement supplies
· Wrapping paper scraps
· Old receipts
· Expired coupons or coupons for products you don’t use
· Store reward cards you don’t need (some will take a phone number)
Going through the decluttering process and getting rid of clutter is the first step towards an organized home. Whether you take 15 minutes a day for a week or go crazy and go thru the list in a whole day, you’re going to love the results!
To stay on top of clutter, decluttering is something that has to be done on a consistent basis. Some areas of the home will need decluttering more often than others, but if you do it once every month (or two), it’ll help you stay more organized overall.
Have fun with it! I’m here, going through this process and this checklist with you. You’ve got this!
Feel free to send me your before and after photos, I would love to see your progress!