Where to Start When Decluttering Your Home

Posted by Excelsior Realty Team on January 3, 2023

It is the start of a new year and a lot of people feel energized and ready to give their home a little reboot. Decluttering has become a big trend the last few years. Shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and The Home Edit have been extremely popular and sparked a whole home organization movement. If you’re struggling and need guidance on how to declutter, you’ll need to get creative with your plans. Here are several interesting decluttering tips that we have gathered to get you started on decluttering your home:

  • Start with 5 minutes at a time. If you’re new to decluttering, you can slowly build momentum with just five minutes a day.
  • Give one item away each day. This would remove 365 items every single year from your home. If you increased this to 2 per day, you would have given away 730 items you no longer needed. Increase this number once it gets too easy.
  • Fill an entire trash bag. Get a trash bag and fill it as fast as you can with things you can donate at Goodwill.
  • Donate clothes you never wear. To identify them, simply hang all your clothes with hangers in the reverse direction. After wearing an item, face the hanger in the correct direction. Discard the clothes you never touched after a few months.
  • Create a decluttering checklist. It’s a lot easier to declutter when you have a visual representation of where you need to get started. You can use our decluttering checklist.
  • Take the 12-12-12 challenge. Locate 12 items to throw away, 12 to donate, and 12 to be returned to their proper home.
  • View your home as a first-time visitor. It’s easy to “forget” what your home looks like to a new visitor. Enter your home as if you’re visiting the home of a friend. Write down your first impression on how clean and organized the home is and make changes.
  • Take before and after photos of a small area. Choose one part of your home, like your kitchen counter, and take a photo of a small area. Quickly clean off the items in the photo and take an after photo. Once you see how your home could look, it becomes easier to start decluttering more of your home.
  • Get help from a friend. Have a friend or family member go through your home and suggest a handful of big items to throw away or give to someone else. If you defend the item and want to keep it, your friend has to agree with your reason. If they don’t agree, it’s time to get rid of it.
  • Use the Four-Box Method. Get four boxes and label them: trash, give away, keep, or re-locate. Enter any room in your home and place each item into one of the following boxes. Don’t skip a single item, no matter how insignificant you may think it is. This may take days, weeks, or months, but it will help you see how many items you really own and you’ll know exactly what to do with each item.

Here is a helpful checklist you can follow for a 31 Day Decluttering Challenge!

  • Clear Out Your Fridge
  • Sort Through Old Mail
  • Clear Out Your Wardrobe
  • Sort Out Your Christmas Decorations (Lights Can Be Recycled Outside of Tom Thumb in Hanover)
  • Throw Away Old Writing Utensils
  • Empty One Junk Drawer
  • Fill One Bag With Donation Items
  • Clear Out Old Books
  • Purge Your Makeup/Toiletry Drawer
  • Clear Out Miscellaneous Cutlery
  • Donate Unwanted Gifts
  • Clean Kitchen Appliances
  • Empty Out Your Wallet/Purse
  • Recycle or Donate Unwanted Tech
  • Catch Up Day
  • Clear Out Your Tupperware Drawer
  • Sort and Donate Shoes
  • Purge Bathroom Cabinets
  • Sort and Donate Jewelry/Accessories
  • Get Rid Of Mismatched Socks
  • Organize Cleaning Supplies
  • Go Through Old Paperwork
  • Clear Out Underwear Drawers
  • Donate Unused Toys
  • Empty a Second Junk Drawer
  • Clear Out Unused Dishes
  • Donate Unused Bedding
  • Organize Tools in Garage
  • Clean Out Your Car
  • Donate Old Furniture
  • Create a Plan for Staying Organized

Now go get started and feel good about all the space you will be clearing up in your home!