Do you often walk into your home and ask yourself “How did it ever get this way?” Clutter is smart and it creeps up on you, so you often don’t even notice it until it takes over your entire house. While clutter grows slowly, you can purge it very quickly. Here’s how to declutter your house in one day.
Create a donation/sell plan
Check Goodwill or the Salvation Army and see whether they take some stuff you don’t need. Some charities will even come to pick up donations! Make sure to organize donation drop-off as soon as you finish your decluttering—you don’t want to change your mind and keep something you really don’t need. If you’re short on cash, you can organize a yard sale and even earn some money.
Before you start, make sure to come up with a schedule. Each room requires only 30 minutes of decluttering—this will ensure you actually finish everything in one day and not drag out your process. Don’t try to organize your space—just remove clutter and move to the next room.
It’s important to have all the supplies at hand if you want to have a fast and easy decluttering process. Make sure to stock up on trash bags and boxes for sorting out your items. You might come up with a good color-coding plan so that you know what is trash, what is fit for donation or yard sale and what you want to keep yet relocate. If you know you’ll have a lot of trash, contact rubbish removal professionals that will take your trash off of your hands quickly and efficiently.
Start with your living room
Now it’s time to actually start your decluttering. Tackle all old magazines and newspapers in your living room and throw out all broken toys and decoration. Grab all family members’ personal belongings and relocate them to their private bedrooms. Donate all books, toys and games you don’t use or love particularly.
Dining rooms are usually very cluttered
Dining room tables often become storage for various items, so be extra careful when decluttering your dining room. Trash all old candles, outdated table cloths, old paperwork and other garbage. Anything that isn’t decoration needs to be relocated from the table. Linens and dishes you no longer use can be put on the donate or sell pile.
Tackle clutter in your bathroom
Grab a trash bag and throw away all expired beauty and hygiene products and empty containers of makeup and nail polish. Moldy and broken bath toys and old cleaning supplies can also go. Relocate all excess products like TP, bath and body products and towels and put them in closed storage. Hairstyling tools and various extra towels you no longer want can be donated.
Clean your bedroom
Concentrate on your dressers, bedside tables and floor. Clear and throw out any trash present in your bedroom. Keep and relocate family members’ belongings and donate things you no longer need and love. All clean laundry can be put away, dirty laundry thrown in the hamper and used clothes hanged in the closet.
Don’t tackle your closet
Purging your closet and decluttering your home are not the same tasks, so make sure to go through your clothing some other day. For now, it’s best to focus on open surfaces like tables, dressers and floors. What you can do for your closet is throw away all tags, outdated receipts, shopping bags and unused boxes.
Wrap things up
Once you’re finished with every room in your house, it’s time to grab all your garbage bags and remove them from your home. Donation things can be put into your car and neatly stored in your garage, but make sure to drop them off as soon as possible. Find a home to all your items you decided to keep or place them in temporary storage until you decide where to keep them. It’s important to keep decluttering every few weeks in order to prevent any serious clutter that can’t be handled in one day.
Once you finish your quick declutter, you’ll not only have a much tidier home, but you’ll instantly feel lighter and less stressed. So, continue decluttering your home and might even like it so much to become a minimalist.