Last Updated on February 15, 2021 by Katie Barton
Are you ready to get your declutter on but are looking for a bit of a guide?
Good…I got you, girl.
There are SO many different items in a home that decluttering can feel a bit like chasing your own tail unless you deliberately go about it.
I’ve created a whole-house free decluttering checklist that you can work through, item by item, to transform your house.
Just enter your name and email in the box below, and you’ll be sent the free printable decluttering checklist, plus three days of assignments to jumpstart the process.
But first, three crucial decluttering tips. (And these are important!)
Best Tips for Decluttering Your House
FULLY Work Through One Item at a Time
Let’s say you’re starting with books, and your goal is to declutter enough books so that the remaining books easily fit on your bookshelf. Your very first step is to gather EVERY SINGLE book in your home, place them in one spot and go through them.
You need to be able to see all of one item to declutter effectively. Once you have your items grouped, thoroughly declutter them before moving on to the next thing.
Only Start Decluttering an Item If You Have Time to Finish it
When we’re decluttering, we want to avoid chasing squirrels or making even bigger messes. So, if you only have 20 minutes to declutter, choose an item that you know you can complete in 20 mins. (Perhaps silverware or socks.)
Save the big, time-intensive items for when you have time to complete them.
Throw Perfection Out the Window
Nobody has a perfect home – not even those influencers you see on Instagram; it’s all smoke and mirrors. (And perfectly staged photos.)
The point of decluttering is for you to make your life easier. And when you have only the items, you truly use and love, your home life will be easier.
Ditch perfection and declutter to suit yourself.
Katie Barton is the owner of Cabin Lane. She's also a home improvement writer for Bob Vila and Homedit. Her cleaning and organizing advice has been featured on Realtor.com, Yahoo News, GoBankingRates, and more. In her spare time, you can find her with a paintbrush in hand, searching for her next project.