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It’s not easy to declutter your home when you’re busy.
Between taking care of kids, working, and making dinner every night, how are we supposed to find time to declutter on top of everything else?
This is the question that many moms struggle with on a daily basis. Luckily for us though, there are some simple tips that can help make this chore much easier!
These 9 tricks will help you declutter your home fast so you can still dedicate time and energy to other important things.
Related: 83 Things to Declutter Now (By Room)
How to declutter fast
1. Decide how much time you have
First, you need to decide how much time you have to declutter. If you have a weekend to yourself, then that’s perfect.
If not, how about an hour after the kids go down for naps? Decide how much time you can dedicate and plan accordingly.
You can get a lot done in a short amount of time if you work diligently and stay on task.
2. Identify the areas of your home that you want to declutter
If you are short on time, start with the areas that need your attention the most.
These will be the areas that are causing you the most stress right now.
For example, this might be your cluttered kitchen cabinets. Maybe they are filled with way too many mugs you’ve collected over the years and now you barely have space to fit everything (this was literally our situation a few short weeks ago!).
Or maybe you have random lids and Tupperware containers that have taken over at this point and you can never find what you need when you need it.
Maybe your countertops have become a “catch-all” and you can’t stand it anymore and need to figure out a solution?
3. Get started
The next tip is to just pick a single area and get started.
Once you start, it will be much easier for you to continue on with the rest of the areas that are causing stress or disorganization in your home.
Let’s use the previous example and say you have decided that the kitchen needs your attention first.
How about starting by just sorting through one area of your kitchen cabinets (such as your mugs)?
Then, once you are finished with one particular area, you can move through the rest of the areas in your kitchen– which brings us to the next tip.
4. Focus on one area at a time and work your way outwards
I’ve found this approach to work much better than wandering through your home doing a little here and a little there.
If you want to declutter a room fast, pick one area to focus on, finish sorting through that area, and then move on to the next.
Once you finish up a room, move on to the next, and then rinse and repeat.
Before you know it, your entire home will be clutter-free!
5. Label boxes for sorting purposes (examples include “keep”, “donate”, “recycle”)
Another tip that can be helpful, especially if you know you will have time to tackle more than one space or room, is to label boxes (or bags) for sorting purposes.
Examples might include a box for keeping, donating, or recycling.
I’ve also found it helpful to keep a trash bag or bin nearby that you can carry around with you.
6. Use the KonMari Method of decluttering your items
Now for a bit of honesty.
Getting rid of clutter fast does require you to be a bit ruthless when deciding which items to part ways with.
This is where the KonMari Method can be beneficial. This method basically means that we only want to keep the things that “spark joy” in our lives and discard the rest without any guilt.
For example, maybe you are hesitant to get rid of your huge stack of magazines.
(Let’s be honest, your huge stack of magazines you have not once opened again since you first flipped through them.)
In order to make a decision quickly, try asking yourself how these magazines make you feel.
Do they continue to spark joy? If yes, keep them.
If not… Then they are literally just taking up space that could be better utilized with something that DOES spark joy in your life… It’s time to say goodbye! (We’re talking about the entire stack here.)
7. Keep only what is necessary and useable in each room
If you have things in your house that are broken, not useable, or no longer “spark joy”, it’s time to toss them.
These items should not be stored in your home.
Take a look around and see how much space these items are taking up that could be better utilized for something else you actually need to have access to when needed.
8. Put everything back where it belongs once you’re done sorting through it all
If there is a certain item that you want to keep that does not currently have a “home” it’s time to give it one.
An example might include how your coats are all over the house because there is nowhere to store them for easy access and they take up valuable room in other rooms of your home!
These items should be stored in an organized fashion so they are easy to find when needed.
9. Set up an organizing system that works for your lifestyle (baskets, bins, etc.)
And finally, organizing systems are the bread-and-butter that will keep your home neat and tidy.
Organizing systems are how you store everything that’s left from all your decluttering efforts in a way that works for your family and how you live.
For example, you might use large bins to store your living room blankets or set up a bookshelf for storing your kids’ favorite storybooks. Whatever suits you best!
There are tons of ways to organize. If one doesn’t work for you or your family, you may have to try different types of organizing systems before one “sticks.”
If you feel like you could use some extra help organizing your home and establishing more systems, I highly recommend checking out The Organized Home Course. She shares tips that are doable for real people. (Not just the picture-perfect stuff that feels unattainable.)
Hopefully these tips will help you declutter your home fairly fast!
If you have a lot of time, start with one area at a time and work your way outwards. Otherwise, focus on the areas that need it most first– like clothes or dishes in the kitchen.
Label boxes for sorting purposes so you know what goes where when everything’s done!
Once all of this hard work is over, enjoy the space you’ve created and how much easier it’ll be to find things as needed.
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