Are you feeling overwhelmed by the clutter in your home? Does it seem like there’s always a mess to clean up and never enough storage space? If you’re ready to make a change and create a clutter-free home, then you’ve come to the right place.
In this blog post, I will share with you the best way to declutter your home in just one day. By following these steps you can have a decluttered home after just one day.
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Cleaning Vs Decluttering
First we need to be crystal clear about what we are trying to achieve. When it comes to maintaining a clean and organized home, there’s a big difference between cleaning and decluttering. Cleaning involves tidying up and removing surface-level dirt and grime, while decluttering involves removing excess items and organizing your belongings.
The first thing to understand is that decluttering is a great way to make a huge impact on your living space. While cleaning is an important part of a daily routine, it doesn’t necessarily address the underlying clutter that can accumulate over time.
If you find yourself constantly moving the same items around from one location to another then it’s time to start decluttering.
The good news is that decluttering doesn’t have to take up too much time or energy.
Keep, Donate, Throw Away
When embarking on the journey of decluttering, the decision-making process about what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away is pivotal. Start by evaluating each item’s utility and significance in your life. Consider whether an item serves a practical purpose, holds sentimental value, or if it’s simply taking up space. Items that contribute positively to your daily life or hold sentimental importance should find a place in the “keep” category. For practical items, ask yourself if you’ve used them in the past year; if not, it may be time to part ways.
When considering what to donate, think about whether someone else could benefit from the items you no longer need or use. Clothes, household items, and furniture in good condition can often find a new home through charitable donations. Be mindful of the impact your donations can have on others. Additionally, items that no longer serve a purpose or are in poor condition might be candidates for disposal. Before throwing away, explore recycling options for environmentally conscious disposal.
Remember, the key to effective decluttering is making intentional and mindful choices. If an item doesn’t align with your current lifestyle, adds unnecessary stress, or doesn’t bring joy, it’s likely a candidate for donation or disposal. By systematically evaluating each possession based on its relevance and impact on your life, you can streamline your living space, creating a more organized and harmonious environment.
First Step: Take a Deep Breath
Before diving into the decluttering process, take a deep breath and remind yourself why you’re doing this. A cluttered home can cause stress and anxiety, making it difficult to relax and enjoy your living space. By decluttering, you’re not only creating a more visually appealing home, but you’re also creating a less stressful environment for yourself and your family members.
Decluttering your home can have a transformative effect on your life as a homemaker. When there’s too much clutter, it can be difficult to relax and feel at ease in your own space. By taking on the big job of decluttering, you can create a clutter-free home that’s a peaceful sanctuary for you and your family.
It may seem like a daunting task, but the process of decluttering can be broken down into manageable steps. The easiest way to start is by choosing a great place to begin. As you progress through the decluttering journey, you’ll likely find that there’s much clutter you can part with, which can make a big difference in your level of stress and overall happiness.
Decluttering the whole house may seem like a long way off, but taking it one step at a time can make the process much more achievable.
Start with the Living Room
The best part about decluttering your home in a single day is that you can make a huge difference in a short amount of time. I recommend starting with the living room, as this is often the dumping ground for clutter in many households. I tend to be overly sentimental about things at times so starting with kids’ rooms is a no go.
Begin by clearing off any flat surfaces, such as coffee tables and end tables. Sort through the items on these surfaces and decide what can be put away, what can be donated, and what needs to be thrown away. Getting the momentum going on your decluttering project is a great way to go from small steps to a home that looks like it’s been blessed by a professional organizer.
How To Declutter Your Living Room:
- Begin with flat surfaces.
- Grab a garbage bag and focusing on what is obvious trash
- Move on to paper clutter or other areas where you are able to make a quick decision.
- Next work on the storage space in your living room, such as bookshelves and entertainment centers.
- Take everything off the shelves and sort through each item individually. If you haven’t used something in a long time or it no longer serves a purpose, it’s a good idea to donate or throw it away.
- Finally, tackle the junk drawer in your living room if you have one. This is often the catch-all for miscellaneous items that don’t have a home. Take everything out of the drawer and sort through each item. Decide what needs to be put away, what can be thrown away, and what can be donated.
My top tip for junk drawers is to set a timer for any reasonable set amount of time and force myself to get through the entire drawer with only that time I’m given. Maybe it’s just me but somehow I feel like junk drawers can just become a time sink hole if I’m not careful.
Move on to the Kitchen Countertops
After you’ve decluttered your living room, it’s time to move on to the kitchen.
How To Declutter Your Kitchen:
- Begin by clearing off your countertops.
- Take everything off and put it away in its designated spot. If you have items on your countertops that you don’t use regularly, consider storing them in a cabinet or drawer instead.
- Do the same thing for your dining room table if it has become a catch all for odds and ends.
- Now you can move on to the drawers and cabinets that you use most frequently. Take everything out of the drawer or cabinet and sort through each item. Decide what needs to be put away, what can be thrown away, and what can be donated.
A great rule of thumb throughout this entire decluttering process is to focus on all the flat surfaces first and then to make sure that every item in your home has a designated place where it belongs. Those two things alone will make a huge impact on the level of clutter in your home.
Remember that less clutter equals less stress so the end goal is definitely worth it.
The Laundry Room
Now it’s time to tackle the laundry room.
How To Declutter Your Laundry Room:
- Begin by sorting through your laundry supplies
- Toss any empty bottles or containers and consolidate duplicates.
- Sort through your laundry piles and put away any clean clothes.
- If you have clothes that no longer fit or are in poor condition, consider donating or throwing them away.
Because we are focusing on decluttering your home in one day I am going to suggest that you leave going through your entire clothes closet for a different day. That is a large project all on it’s own so right now it is better to focus on the main rooms of your house.
You can absolutely get on top of the clutter in one day but maintaining a tidy house is going to need to be part of your daily routine.
How To Declutter Your Bathroom:
- Start by removing any items that don’t belong in the bathroom, like clothes or toys.
- Focus on decluttering flat surfaces like countertops and shelves, removing any items that aren’t regularly used or that are expired.
- It’s also a good idea to go through your storage spaces, like medicine cabinets and drawers, and dispose of any old or unused items.
The Rest of the House
By now, you’re likely feeling the benefits of decluttering your home. Don’t stop now, keep the momentum going and tackle the rest of the house.
Remember to take breaks as needed, and don’t be afraid to ask family members for help. If you are a full time homemaker it can sometimes feel like you need to do absolutely all of the home management tasks on your own.
While I know that you take your job very seriously please hear me say that it is okay to ask for help. When you are working on big projects like this, or even when you’ve just had a rough day, it is more than acceptable to ask the other members of your household to pitch in and help with the tasks.
Time Management To Declutter You Home In One Day
Effectively managing time is crucial when aiming to declutter your entire house in one day. Start by breaking down the day into manageable time blocks, assigning specific areas or rooms to each block. Prioritize spaces that contribute most to the overall clutter, such as the living room, kitchen, and common areas. Set realistic goals for each time block, considering the size and complexity of the space you’re tackling.
During the decluttering process, avoid getting bogged down on sentimental items or making overly intricate decisions. Set a timer for certain tasks, especially when dealing with smaller areas like junk drawers or shelves, to maintain a sense of urgency and prevent the process from dragging on. Enlist help from family members or friends to divide and conquer different sections of the house simultaneously. This not only expedites the process but also ensures that no area is neglected. Remember to take short breaks between tasks to maintain focus and prevent burnout.
By strategically managing your time, you can navigate through the decluttering process efficiently, achieving a more organized and serene living space within the designated day.
Maintaining Your Decluttered Home
Establishing a daily cleaning routine is a crucial step in maintaining a clean and tidy home. A daily routine ensures that household chores are done on a regular basis, preventing dirt and clutter from building up and becoming overwhelming. Following a consistent cleaning routine can help you stay on top of the daily messes and spills that are part of everyday life.
A daily cleaning routine also helps to reduce stress and increase productivity. When your home is clean and tidy, you can relax and focus on the things that matter most. It’s much easier to concentrate on work or spend quality time with your family when you’re not distracted by a messy home.