Decluttering your home can seem like a simple concept, but when you’re a beginner it can be difficult to know where to start. Use these decluttering techniques for beginners to get you started on your decluttering journey.
There are so many benefits to decluttering your home and although the journey may start out rough, maintaining a decluttered home is much more manageable. To get to the manageable phase, you have to get through the first round of decluttering.
If decluttering seems overwhelming to you, start with only one of these techniques. Once you’ve mastered that technique, move on to another until you’ve mastered them all!
If you’re feeling bold, pick your favorite decluttering techniques and use several at once to really declutter your home faster!
1- Start with Only 5 Minutes Each Day
We all can find an extra 5 minutes in our day if we try. Set a timer and start decluttering!
5 minutes may not seem like enough time to declutter, but if you really commit to only decluttering for 5 minutes, you’d be amazed at what you can get done.
It’s best to start in either the room where you can make the most impact (think high volume “things” just laying around) or the room that bothers you the most.
Set a timer and for 5 minutes go through any item you see and decide whether to keep that item or donate it.
Continue this habit until you’ve made it through that whole room! You can use other decluttering techniques listed below to make more of an impact.
2- Find 7 Things to Give Away Each Week
Sometimes it helps to put a number on it rather than a timeframe. So, find 7 things each week in your home that you can give away. That’s one item every day.
Put a box in your garage and as you find items that are no longer needed or no longer bring you happiness, throw it in the box until you’ve found at least 7 items.
If you find more than 7 items each week, let it happen! That simply means you don’t need those items any longer.
3- The Trash Bag Method
Who doesn’t love a good trash bag decluttering session? Grab a trash bag and don’t stop decluttering until you’ve filled it!
You can declutter one room, one drawer, or hit up all the rooms until the trash bag is full.
Once you’ve filled the bag, tie it up and throw it in your car so the next time you’re out running errands you can drop it off at a local donation center.
4- The Hanger Trick
This is one of my favorite tricks and it’s so easy!
Hang all of your clothes in your closet backwards on hangers so that you’re hooking the hanger on from the back.
Each time you wear something from your closet, hang it up the correct way.
After 6 months, any item left still backwards should go! Those items aren’t being used enough and clearly don’t bring you joy!
The key here is to make sure anything out of season or worn for special occasions aren’t being donated. Focus only on everyday clothing.
5- Use a Decluttering Checklist
Checklists are great for anyone who loves feeling like they are making progress. These checklists are also great for those who don’t quite know every nook and cranny to look at when starting their decluttering journey.
Use this free decluttering checklist to walk you through each room in your home.
6- Take Before and After Photos
Progress not perfection.
Always take before and after photos when you’re starting a project especially if it’s a project that can take time. For extra motivation, keep your photos on your family command center so they are visible!
It’s hard to see the day to day advances you’re making when there’s a lot of clutter in your home.
Progress pictures are also great to keep you motivated. Take a before picture, a picture every few days depending on how much time you’re dedicating, and then an after picture to show how far you’ve come.
If you don’t notice much of a difference in your progress pictures, it may be a sign that you either aren’t spending enough time or you aren’t actually getting rid of much. It may be a good time to re-evaluate your decluttering technique and try a new one!
7- Keep a “Giveaway” Box in Your Closet
It’s easy enough to keep a box in an area you frequent a lot so as you find items that you no longer need/want, you can easily toss them in the box.
One the box is full, move it into your car and on your next errand run, stop by the local donation center.
8- Practice The One-in, One-out Method
Begin to get in the habit of only purchasing an item when you give one away. If all you do is buy more and more items without proactively decluttering, your home will never get past the cluttered state.
Now, this method isn’t to be used to say that if you give away 50 items in the beginning you can replace them all. Sorry mama, that’s not how it works and this isn’t a free pass. You need to declutter first!
This method is to stop you from purchasing more in the beginning of your journey and once you’ve gotten to the maintenance phase, you can use it again to maintain the amount of “things” coming into your home.
9- Use the 90/90 Rule
Have you used the item in the last 90 days?
Do you honestly see yourself using the item in the next 90 days?
If you just answered ‘No’ to both of those questions, it’s time to donate or toss that item!
This is such a simple decluttering technique to use even for beginners! Now, you have to be honest with yourself, but if you are, I’m sure this technique alone would help you get rid of a bunch of stuff!
10- The 10% Only Method
Thinking of all the areas in your home to declutter can be quite overwhelming. So, start with a set of items and your goal is to decrease the items by 10%. That’s it!
For example, grab all your shoes and try to reduce the number of shoes you have by 10% in that sitting.
You can use this decluttering technique for any set of items or any area. You can use it to declutter the kitchen junk drawer (yes, we all have them!), your winter coats, the bathroom drawers, etc.
Get Started with These Decluttering Techniques
It doesn’t matter which decluttering technique you choose, the important thing is to just start!
Set a goal, make a plan and start decluttering!
Each decluttering journey is different and what works for you won’t work for someone else. Start with what feels good to you and build on those techniques only once you feel good about it. The idea is to get better each day even if you only have one small win.
I’d love to know what has helped you in your decluttering journey or where you’re struggling. Let us know in the comments below!