How to Declutter in 3 Easy Steps + a checklist!

Posted May 18, 2018 by Kalyn in Decluttering, Homemaking, Minimalism, Motherhood, Organization / 13 Comments

Decluttering can make any mom's life so much more simple and easy! Check out these three easy tips on decluttering and get a free checklist to help! #decluttering #minimalism #momlife

I’m so excited to be writing this post on how to declutter! As weird as it sounds, the idea of helping people throw things away makes me all giddy! We’re going to jump into how to declutter, but first we’re going to start off with why you should declutter.

Simplify decluttering even more by grabbing up my FREE decluttering guide and checklist! On it I share my tips for keeping your house decluttered and a checklist of things to declutter, room-by-room. On the checklist I share places to declutter in specific rooms as well as specific items. As I was designing the checklist I imagined all the things and areas in my own home, so I know it’ll be super helpful for you, too! I designed it pretty minimally to keep your printer ink in mind as well.

Why you should declutter.

  1. Plain and simple: decluttering your home will make your life easier and simpler. How? Less stuff means less to clean, less to organize, less to put away, less to dust, etc. Moms lives are already so hectic, so if decluttering means less on your plate… Then it’s a win-win!
  2. Additionally, some moms find it very soothing to declutter. It’s a great way to occupy your mind while still doing something productive. And if you’re one of those moms who find too much stuff to bring on anxiety, then decluttering will have even more benefits for you!
  3. Decluttering also makes it easier for your young children to manage their possessions. It just isn’t age appropriate to expect a toddler to pick up a room that looks like a hurricane blew through it. They get distracted too easily, and then that’s just one more thing you have to oversee. Less stuff means less mess; and less mess means it’s more manageable for your toddler.

The Philosophy

Before we jump into the three tips, let’s go over the philosophy on how to decide whether you should keep an item or let it go. It’s really, really simple!

Hold the item in your hands, and ask yourself this question: Does this item bring me joy in some way? 

If the answer is an immediate and unquestionable “yes”, then keep the item. If you have to weigh your options or hem and haw over the item, then it’s probably time to let it go. Items that don’t bring you happiness have no place in your home!

Now that we have those out of the way, let’s go over the three tips to make decluttering easy.

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1. Tackle it one room at a time.

Many families don’t declutter because the task seems so daunting. You mean I have 1,700 square feet to comb through?! But breaking it down into one room at a time is the best way to manage. After all, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!

When you go through a room, be sure to be thorough. Tackle everything! Toys, clothes, decorations, furniture. By the time you’re finished, you should be familiar with every item in that room.

2. Find everything a home.

Remember how we went over how to decide what to keep? Well, when you decide to keep something, it is then vital that you find that item a home in your house. Intentionally give it a space in your home. Allowing the item to continue to float around without a designated space will lead to further disorganization and stress.

Be sure to grab my FREE checklist for how to keep everything decluttered and organized!

3. Organizational items are your friends.

I’m a big believer in things like baskets, bins, totes, boxes, dividers, etc. Anything to give your items a designated home! Organizational items like this will help keep larger spaces, such as closets and drawers, more organized.

For example, we have all of our toiletries organized into separate bins in our linen closet. All soaps are together. All first-aid items are together. Spare lotions and body sprays are together. You get the idea!

And those are my three easy tips for decluttering your house! For tips on how to keep your house decluttered and a checklist of things to declutter, be sure to get your hands on my FREE guide!


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13 responses to “How to Declutter in 3 Easy Steps + a checklist!

  1. I am totally a minimalist but with kids – it’s hard to keep up with it. Love the idea of tackling one room at a time – otherwise it’s so overwhelming!

  2. I definitely need to declutter. I love the tip to just start with one room. I get overwhelmed with the thought of everything and end up doing nothing!

    • Kalyn

      Yes, me too! There’s so much to do that I don’t know where to start so I just end up taking a nap instead hahaha

  3. Nice post. I suscribed for the checklist!! Already started with th ekitchen. Hard part will be the playroom of my 4 years old boy as this is not easy as he wants to keep everything.

  4. I definitely needed this! I have been in the process of decluttering. I know the basic principles but I keep getting distracted! I’m going to start with and stay in one room! Wish me luck!

  5. Awesome post! One room at a time helps me big time. I have to close myself in a room and not leave it until it’s done, otherwise I get distracted 🙈 thanks for the post!

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