Decluttering your home is a lot of work. Most of us have year’s worth of possessions in our homes. It’s taken years to accumulate all of that “stuff”. We can’t expect to declutter it all in a day. But it definitely doesn’t have to take years to decumulate the excess stuff from your life. Today I’m sharing 11 quick and easy tips to declutter to help you declutter more quickly, more efficiently and more effectively.
Benefits of Decluttering
These quick and easy tips to declutter more effectively allow you to start seeing the benefits of decluttering sooner. When you declutter and make the choice to own less, some of the benefits you’ll experience are:
- More time and energy for the people and activities you love
- A more spacious, peaceful, calmer and clutter-free home
- Financial freedom by choosing to own and buy less
- Less stress trying to manage and take care of everything you own
- More time and freedom to pursue your goals and priorities
- Less time spent cleaning and managing the things you own
- Easier to keep your home tidy and organized
These are just a few benefits of decluttering and embracing minimalism. There are many more ways minimalism can have a positive impact on your home and your life.
Quick and easy tips to declutter more effectively
Use these quick and easy tips to declutter more efficiently and effectively, so you can get more decluttering work done in less time, with less effort. And begin experiencing the benefits of decluttering and minimalism sooner.
Sometimes small changes in the way you declutter can have a big impact on how efficiently you declutter. These tips and tricks are quick and easy to implement. And can help you improve your decluttering efforts so you start seeing results sooner.
These tips are great for when you’re just starting decluttering your home, if you’ve been decluttering for a while, or even if you’ve already decluttered and are living a minimalist lifestyle. These quick and easy tips to declutter can help get rid of the clutter and excess from your home. As well as help you maintain a clutter-free home in the long term.
11 Quick and Easy Tips to Declutter More Effectively
1. Keep an ongoing donation box easily accessible
When you are decluttering your home, you want it to be as easy as possible to declutter. A great way to make decluttering easier is to have an ongoing donation box somewhere that’s convenient and easily accessible.
Whenever you find something you aren’t using or loving, you can simply add it to your donation box. An ongoing donation box makes it easy and convenient to get rid of things. Rather than leaving it to declutter later, or having to make a special effort to get rid of it.
When the box gets full, drop it off at your local donation centre. Or plan to drop off the contents of your donation box at set intervals of time, say every week.
2. Declutter as you go about your day
An ongoing donation box makes it really easy to declutter as you go about your day. When you come across something you don’t use or love, add it to your donation box or throw it away.
Instead of keeping things you don’t use or love, adding clutter, get rid of them as soon as you find them. Rather than picking something up you don’t use or love and putting it away, add it to the donation box. Instead of folding a shirt you don’t wear or love and putting it away, get rid of it.
Keep a critical eye out as you move throughout your home. Always be on the lookout for anything you don’t use or love that you can declutter. If something isn’t adding value to your life, get rid of it right then. Then you’ll never have to deal with it again!
3. Declutter quickly and efficiently for 10 minutes a day
Life can get busy, and maybe you don’t have hours to spend decluttering your home. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do any decluttering until you have a big chunk of time to declutter. Small pockets of time spent decluttering, repeated regularly, add up over time and give you results.
Try decluttering as quickly and efficiently as you can for just 10 minutes a day. Pick a drawer, a cupboard, a section of a room, etc. and declutter it for 10 minutes. Try to find as many things as you can to get rid of.
You’d be amazed how much decluttering you can get done in 10 minutes when you set your mind to it.
4. Schedule regular times to declutter and stick to them
Scheduling and committing to regular decluttering times is another great way to make decluttering progress. In addition to decluttering for short periods of time every day.
Decide when it will work best for you to spend larger blocks of time decluttering. Put it in your schedule and commit to it. Treat it like any other appointment you have. By scheduling and committing to regular decluttering sessions, you’re more likely to hold yourself accountable and actually follow through.
Decluttering is something that’s easy to put off, avoid or procrastinate doing. But if you don’t put in the work, you’ll never see results and begin experiencing the benefits of decluttering. Scheduling times to declutter and holding yourself accountable to those times helps you prioritize decluttering.
Make the choice to prioritize decluttering in the short-term. Then you can experience the benefits of decluttering and minimalism in the long-term. Do what you need to do now to declutter. Then you’ll never have to spend this much time managing the things you own again.
5. Use the “one in, one out” rule
While decluttering, use the “one in, one out” rule to prevent more stuff adding to what you already own. Whenever you buy or bring something new into your home, find one thing to get rid of in its place. An ongoing donation box makes it easy to get rid of something whenever you bring something new into your home.
If you want to see more of an impact, you can even try following a “one in, two out” rule. Where you find two things to get rid of for each new thing you bring into your home. Or even better, a “one in, three out” rule.
The goal is to make sure you aren’t accumulating more while you’re in the process of decluttering. And once you’ve finished decluttering, this rule can help you maintain a comfortable level of “stuff” in your home.
6. A place for everything and everything in its place
A place for everything and everything in its place can go a long way to help you declutter. And help keep your home clutter-free.
As you’re decluttering, make sure you have a place to keep everything you’re choosing to keep. If an item doesn’t have a home, find a place to keep it before you move on. Items without homes are usually the things that end up as clutter on our floors, counters, tables, etc. Make sure everything has a specific place to keep it. If you can’t find places for everything you want to keep, declutter more thoroughly until you can find homes for everything.
After finding homes for the things you are keeping, get in the habit of returning things to their homes consistently. This simple habit will really help keep your home tidy and clutter-free.
7. Get stuff out of the house asap
When you find things to declutter, try to get them out of your house as soon as possible. Don’t give yourself, or anyone else in your family, time to second guess your decluttering decisions.
If you decide to declutter something you aren’t using or loving, get it out of your house right away. Often, we make piles of things to get rid of, but don’t get them out of the house right away. Then someone comes along and wants to keep that long-lost item no one has seen or used for years. Or we even do that ourselves, and second guess our decision to get rid of something!
If you try hard enough you can probably find a reason to keep just about anything. But if you are serious about decluttering and experiencing the benefits of minimalism, it’s important ruthlessly declutter. If you don’t use an item regularly or love it, get rid of it!
Throw garbage away as soon as you’re finished a decluttering session. Put all donation items in your car to drop off at the donation centre the next time you’re out.
If it’s not feasible for you to drop off donations after every decluttering session, keep donations out of sight. My donation drop-off location is an hour away. So I box up donation items and put them in my “decluttering holding zone” in the basement. Keeping them out of sight, so no one will pull the stuff out, but easy to load up and donate when it’s convenient.
8. Take before and after pictures
Tracking the results of the hard work you’re putting in decluttering is a great way to keep you motivated. But sometimes it’s easy to overlook all the progress you’re making. Especially if you’re decluttering in small pockets of time throughout your day. You might not notice what a difference your decluttering efforts are making because you’re working away a little bit at a time and don’t see a dramatic, instant transformation.
Taking before and after pictures is a great way to track your progress and stay motivated to keep decluttering. Sometimes you don’t even realize what a difference your decluttering efforts are making until you see a picture of how a space used to look.
9. Don’t organize until after you declutter
It can be easy to think getting organized will solve your clutter problem. But the truth is if you organize before you declutter, you’ll end up wasting your time and energy.
There’s no point organizing stuff you don’t even use or love and isn’t adding any value to your life. No matter how organized that stuff is, it will eventually make its way out of your organized system. Again adding clutter to your home. And even if it’s out of sight, all that stuff is still there, weighing on you and burdening your life.
Declutter first and get rid of the things you aren’t using or loving. Only keep things that add value to your life, not clutter. Not only will organizing be significantly easier after decluttering because there will be a lot less stuff. But you also won’t waste your time, space and energy organizing stuff you don’t even need to begin with.
10. Use a “maybe box” for items you’re struggling to let go of
If you’re really struggling to declutter something, creating a “maybe box” is a great way to handle it. Put the item in a box with a date marked in the future, maybe a month for example. You can even set a reminder on your phone for the date to come back to the box. Put the box out of sight and leave it there. Then, if you haven’t needed or even thought about the item when the reminder goes, get rid of it.
This is a great way to declutter something you’re struggling to let go of. Helping you let go of any fear or uncertainty that you might miss it.
Usually, when we struggle to let go of something, we know we should get rid of it. But feel attached to the item and are having a hard time letting go. Often giving ourselves some time and space away from the item helps clarify if we really use or love it.
11. Use the 20/20 rule for items you’re keeping “just in case”
If there’s something you’re struggling to let go of because you “might” need it or are saving it “just in case”, the 20/20 rule can help put it in perspective.
The 20/20 rule means if you can replace the item for less than $20 and in less than 20 minutes, don’t keep it “just in case”. Because it’s easily replaceable if you ever truly need it.
This may seem wasteful at first, but here’s the logic behind it. I’d rather get rid of all the clutter and simplify my home and life, instead of keeping things “just in case”. I’ve decluttered hundreds of items. Even if there are one or two things I’ve had to re-buy, it’s still worth it.
I’d rather experience the benefits of a clutter-free home now and in the future. Rather than living with the burden of clutter and excess stuff that I probably won’t ever need or use.
And in all honesty, there are very few things I’ve ever needed to re-buy after decluttering. Most times, I either find something else to use or simply make do without it. It’s not worth the stress of living with clutter to avoid possibly, maybe having to re-buy something in the future.
And remember, this doesn’t always mean buying something new either. You can also buy something used if you ever really need it in the future.
Use these tips to make decluttering faster and easier
These are my favourite quick and easy tips to declutter faster and more effectively. I hope these simple tips will help you declutter your home in less time and with less effort. There are so many benefits of minimalism; decluttering your home will let you begin experiencing them!
What are your favourite tips and tricks to make decluttering easier? Do you already do any of the quick and easy tips to declutter from this list? Have another tip or trick that’s made decluttering easier for you? Leave a comment below and let me know!