Declutter Your Home

By: Elizabeth Larkin

If you’re looking for instructions on how to declutter your home, you’ve come to the right place. This room-by-room declutter guide will take you through your home and office with very specific instructions on what to declutter in each room or space in your home, and how to do it.  This guide also includes resources for getting rid of clutter and organizing your keeper items (the stuff you really need and want).

Here’s what you need to know to declutter your home.

Focus on One Room or One Zone in a Room At a Time

Zero in on a room, a space, or even a zone within a room (like your kitchen cabinets) and . You can wander aimlessly around your home decluttering a little bit here and there, but it’s not as effective as focusing on one room or one small part of a room and finishing it. To that end, we’ve broken down all of the spaces in your home and the areas in each that you should plan to decluttering. From there it’s broken down by (potential) zones and a list of items you should declutter within each space.

Just call this your you How to Declutter Your Home Checklist. Bookmark it, print it out, Pin It –whatever you need to do.

The Decluttering Method

There are a few levels to decluttering–maybe your home is pretty neat but you need some motivation to throw out some old paper clutter, or maybe your closet hasn’t been thought about in a year and you really, really need to sort it out.  As long as you hit the spaces and items outlined below, you’re covered. Think of the guide as your own personal checklist to decluttering these spaces.

As far as timing, I disagree with Marie Kondo’s method, I think you should declutter your home at your own pace. You don’t need to take a week off from work to “get organized”. Getting organized, decluttering and creating a more minimalist home and life can and should be done slowly, with a series of small actions.

If you rather do everything at once, then by all means, go for it. This guide will work for you too.

Bottom line: Sit down with your calendar and map out how much time you have and what order you want to declutter your home in. We recommend the following order:

  • Storage Spaces
  • Shared Spaces
  • Personal Spaces

Then within a room or space, tackle items first (socks, appliances), then storage spaces (drawers, cabinets) one-by-one, then shared and personal spaces (coffee table, top of bureau).

The theory is that by sorting through and decluttering items first, then storage spaces, you’ll have an easier time getting rid of stuff when you start in on each room.  You may feel better starting with your desk or work space and then moving on to larger spaces. That’s fine, too.

Get Started By Decluttering Each Room

Now it’s time to start decluttering. Below I give you very specific instructions on what to tackle in each room and space, but the basics of are the same: get prepared, spit spaces into sections and don’t get too cute about holding onto stuff that you don’t want, don’t need, don’t love or doesn’t project the image you want to project.

Warning: These lists are extensive. You may not have all of these spaces or items in your home but we wanted to be as thorough as possible.

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