The Best Decluttering Ideas to Clean Out Your Overstuffed Home
Are you too overwhelmed and embarrassed to have anybody over? Is clutter taking over your home and life? Here are some great decluttering ideas to help you create and maintain a clutter-free home.
Clutter is a huge problem for a lot of people and comes at a pretty high cost in a lot of ways. According to NBC News, one in four Americans admits that they have a clutter problem.1
Think about that for a minute. In 2020, the U.S. population was around 331 million. One in four Americans equates to a staggering 82.75 million people in the U.S. that have a clutter problem.
You don’t have to look very hard to figure out why. Combine the lighting fast accessibility of online shopping and the sizeable 2500 square feet of the average American home, and you have your answer.
Those are just a few of the startling statistics about clutter. However, I’m hoping they were enough to get your attention and make you ask yourself if you need to start decluttering.
What Does ‘Decluttering’ Mean?
Decluttering means the intentional act of identifying and removing items that are no longer useful or necessary.
It’s a little more involved than just tidying up and putting things away, but a lot less involved than adopting a minimalist lifestyle.
It’s about letting go and getting rid of the things that don’t serve you in a positive way. It involves physically removing those items from your home so they aren’t likely to resurface again.
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Where Do I Start Decluttering?
There are a lot of roadblocks that can keep you from decluttering, but one of the most paralyzing is knowing where to start.
The truth is, you can start anywhere you like. The ‘where’ really doesn’t matter as long as you actually start. Without taking that first step, you’ll never make any progress.
If you really can’t pick an area or room, start right where you are. Whatever room you’re currently standing in is your starting place.
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How Do I Declutter My House?
Now that you know where to start, you need to know how to declutter your home.
There are some basic decluttering rules that are helpful and some common mistakes you should avoid. As you’re decluttering any area, you can use a list of questions to help make the ‘toss or keep’ decisions a little easier.
Depending on how much time you have, you can declutter the entire house in a weekend or tackle it room-by-room in one week.
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Declutter Room by Room
I recommend a room-by-room approach where you focus on one room until it’s completely finished. Here are some step-by-step checklists to walk you through your rooms.
- Decluttering your kitchen top to bottom, step-by-step.
- Declutter your living room efficiently and quickly.
- How to declutter your bathroom.
- Bedroom decluttering checklist for all of that clutter that doesn’t belong.
If you can’t set aside a large enough chunk of time to complete an entire room, that’s ok. You can stretch it out over as long as you need, just make sure you keep that decluttering motivation and stick with it.
When I’m super busy and struggling to make time, I squeeze a 10-minute decluttering task in between my daily activities.
What should I get rid of when decluttering?
If you struggle with figuring out what to get rid of, here are some decluttering tips and ideas for items you can purge.
- Decluttering sentimental items even when it’s difficult.
- How to conquer your paper clutter problem.
- Things you should declutter after christmas.
I find that I get rid of more stuff when I declutter with a purpose and know exactly what I’m going to do with the clutter I’m letting go of.
Create the Clutter-Free Home You Deserve
Clutter is an undeniable problem in a lot of homes today, but it isn’t hopeless. You don’t have to be a statistic and allow clutter to take over and completely overwhelm you.
Follow the tips and strategies I’ve shared for where to start decluttering, how to declutter your home, and what you can get rid of when decluttering.
Take that first step to start decluttering right now, then email me an update so I can celebrate your clutter-free success with you!
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1 NBCNews.com One in Four Americans Has a Clutter Problem — And Could Be Sitting on Some Serious Cash