The Busy moms guide on how to declutter your home fast
Life can be so full of things to do making us busy, and when we have a house full of clutter, it is not a good combination. Clutter makes us stressed, steals our time because we have to clean (again), and distracts us from what is truly important. Learning how to declutter your home fast is going to free you from clutter and free you from the days or months you think you needed to spend decluttering.
Before I ever did a massive decluttering session, I would spend a bit of time each week getting rid of the clutter around the house. The first time I realized that clearing the surfaces in my home made me feel less overwhelmed, I was hooked! I then worked in little decluttering sessions throughout my week so that I could continue feeling less stressed.
Embrace simple living
Before you begin, you need to really understand WHY getting rid of the clutter is so important. It is not so that you can go and buy new things, it is so that you can have more time for what matters most in your life. When you simplify your life you replace the time you spend on stuff with time you use to pursue a passion, spend time with family, or become more connected in the community.
Maybe you want to declutter because you realize how stressed the mess makes you feel. The kids toys strewn around the floor, the dirty dishing constantly in the sink, and the mounds of paper and junk on your countertops.
Whatever the reason may be, figure it out and hold onto that vision. You deserve to live the best life that you can and unnecessary junk does not need to hold you back. While simple living doesn’t just occur in one day, the consistent movement towards a life with less stuff and more passions, love, and family makes for a better life little by little.
Tips to help you declutter in one day
Decluttering in one day sounds like a big feat, but we are going to make this easy by just doing a surface declutter. This is one way that I have found to get fairly quick gratification with minimal effort. After multiple small sessions, you will have a noticeable change in your home environment.
- Focus on the top 1-3 places that cause you the most stress. Do stacks of papers on horizontal surfaces drive you batty? Do the kids toys (that they don’t REALLY play with) make you flustered? How about your closet, does it bring you joy or stress? Evaluate where your biggest struggle zone is and declutter that!
- One of my favorite tips…grab a laundry basket or a box and just get to it! Seriously this is the best idea ever! I use this method for cleaning my house since I have 3 levels. If I want to clean my house fast, I need to use a basket to transport items. With decluttering, it is easy to just toss items into a basket and then sort later into donate, sell, trash piles.
- If you want to train yourself how to declutter your home fast, you are going to need to set a timer and be really strict with yourself. If you find yourself looking at something too long, come back to it another day. It may not be time to get rid of that piece just yet.
- Start with items that you know without a doubt that you can get rid of then get rid of the items you are fairly confident that you want to declutter. For example, if you are working in your closet, grab all of the items that you no longer fit or love. Put them in the basket. Then go back through your clothes and take out the items you are 90% sure about. Lastly, take out the items that you are kinda wishy-washy (that definitely sounds better than it looks typing it out lol) about and put them in a separate area of your closet. Come back to them in a month. You may have a change of heart about them.
- Ask yourself these 3 questions when you come across an item that you are thinking about decluttering. 1) Do I love this (or as Mari Kondo would say, “Does this bring me joy”). 2) Have I used this recently (within the past 6 months or if it is clothing or holiday decor then for 1 season). 3) Will I be using this piece in the very near future.
- Save holiday items, out of season clothes, anything in boxes like old trinkets or photos for another day. Matter of fact, the perfect time to tend to those items is when you are going to get them out. So, when it comes time to put out the Christmas decorations, have a bin close by that you will use as your decluttered bin.
- Decluttering sentimental items can take a lot longer than one day. Seriously, it may take months to get all of it taken care of. That is okay. Save 1 box of sentimental stuff for each day. That is about right when it comes to decluttering the special meaning stuff.
- In order to declutter in one day, you will need to probably be alone or at least have your kiddos (if you have any) occupied. Put them in front of a movie and declutter their toys. They probably won’t even notice.
Tips for the busy mama that wants to declutter
Decluttering is kinda addicting. Really, I love to declutter and seek out opportunities to do so a lot. One thing that I cannot declutter is my husbands stuff and I suggest you follow the same tip. If he is opposed to getting rid of stuff, then just wait it out. Eventually I am sure you can convince him, but throwing out his belongings will just ruin trust.
If your goal is to get towards more simple living, there is so much more that goes into it besides decluttering. Minimalism isn’t about sleek lines and decluttered homes, it is a mindset and a way of life. Getting your mind and life decluttered is just as important as your home. Get into a good routine, plan your life and goals, and happen to your life instead of letting life happen to you. For more tips on living an intentional life, check out more of my blog posts and work towards simplifying your life, it is so worth it! If you are looking for some other creative ways of decluttering, check out this post on Becoming Minimalist.
Decluttering in one day
Learning how to declutter your home fast doesn’t have to be hard. If you are going through your home, decluttering for the first time, start with one area and one area only! Get your laundry basket, set the timer, and go through grabbing all of the items that you know for sure you want to declutter. Remember to ask yourself the 3 questions about your “questionable” items and save the holiday or sentimental stuff for later. I know you can do this! You are going to feel so much better!
What is one place that you are dreading decluttering? (Mine is my garage…eeek)