Declutter Your Home in 30 Days
In order to get your house decluttered in 30 days, you need to do a bit of work every day. Set a timer each day (from 5 to 20 minutes, or so, depending on your attention span), and declutter for that time only. Be dedicated and stay focused during that time.
When going through your stuff, have three boxes: donate, keep, recycle. Put everything in one of those three bins, making sure you only keep things that you actually use and wear.
Paper clutter is one of the biggest causes of an unorganized and untidy home. So, get your paper clutter under control. Recycle and shred what you can, and scan the rest so it’s stored online. You should have minimal paper copies around your house.
Use bins to get and stay organized. Bins are nice because they’re even and uniform, so even if you have lots of different stuff in them, it makes the space look neat and clean.
In order to know what to get rid of in your closet, put all your clothes on hangers backwards and then, when you use that clothing, put it back in normally. After a month or two, any of the clothes still in backwards are the ones you should get rid of!
It’s really hard to get rid of sentimental objects or objects you don’t necessarily like but that were gifted to you. A solution is to scan everything you can (like kids’ artwork) or take pictures of objects that are too big. That way, you still have their memory and image, they just aren’t taking up physical space.
I like to have just one junk drawer in my house. It may seem counterintuitive, but a junk drawer can be really helpful. It acts as a catch-all for items you don’t know where to put, but that you don’t want just sitting around.
If you have tons of extras of one item, then either donate them or slowly wean them out. For example, you probably don’t need fifty plates in your house, so get rid of any extras.
Don’t ever store things on the floor. Always get a book case, shelving unit, or wall mount to keep things looking organized and staying clutter-free.
Keep your countertops as simple as possible. Don’t overflow them with appliances, papers, baskets, etc. Actively decide what you want on your countertops and don’t keep anything else there.