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.
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 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.
Giving away Give away one item each day to have a space. You suddenly feel that you space for your new items
Trash bags Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.
Clear out and hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home
Make a list
Experts recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list. And it could easily fit into any schedule.
Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.
Use your imagination.
Psychology experts recommends using your creativity and imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.