You’ve been meaning to declutter for a while, right?
I get it.
Sometimes it feels like there are just so many things to do, and organizing and cleaning can be pretty low on your priority list.
But there’s no need to wait any longer.
One of the biggest challenges that people have when it comes to decluttering their homes is knowing how much time to give the process.
Some people go on a week-long purge, while others take a more casual approach and do it over the course of a month or so.
But what if you could get everything done in just one day?
I’ve got the perfect solution for you: a 1-day declutter that will help you get organized in no time at all!
So let’s get started.
What Is Decluttering?
Decluttering is the process of getting rid of the things you don’t need, want, or have space for.
This can be a daunting task, but it’s important to ask yourself if each item in your house is truly serving its purpose.
If you haven’t used something in the past year, it might be time to let go of it.
People often hold onto things that they no longer need because they’re afraid of what will happen if they get rid of them.
They may think they’ll never see some items again or that they’ll regret tossing them out.
But decluttering isn’t about getting rid of everything.
It’s about clearing out clutter so you can make room for things that are truly meaningful to you.
5 Tips For A One-Day Decluttering
One-day decluttering is the perfect way to get started on your personal organization project.
It’s a simple but effective way to ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed and give up on getting your home in order.
And it’s also a great way of getting rid of all the stuff you think you might need, but actually, never use.
It’s the time of year when many of us are looking to clear out our closets, drawers, and garages.
It’s also a great time to declutter your workspace.
Here are five tips for making one day of decluttering as an easy and effective process:
1. Set A Timer
When you’re trying to declutter in a day, it’s important to set a timer.
The reason is simple.
If you don’t have a time limit, it’s easy to get lost in the process of organizing your home.
If you have a timer running, you’ll be forced to stay focused on getting through all the steps in your plan.
This will help you stay motivated throughout the process and ensure that you don’t fall behind schedule.
Set a timer for one hour, and spend that time decluttering just one room.
You may find that you get distracted by the rest of your home.
But if you stick with it, you’ll be surprised by how much you can get done in just an hour!
2. Make A List Of Items To Get Rid Of
Making a list of items to get rid of is key to a successful and maximized decluttering session.
You can use this list to keep track of what you’re getting rid of, and why you’re getting rid of it.
If there are any emotional attachments you have with the item (like an old teddy bear or a baby blanket), write that down too!
If you don’t want to throw away something because you think it’s valuable or might be useful later on, write that down too!
And once your decluttering session is over, make sure to check off each item as it’s gone.
This will help keep you accountable for what you’ve gotten rid of.
And it will also help prevent those leftover emotions from creeping back in!
3. Don’t Start With The Worst Clutter
If you’re thinking about decluttering your home, don’t start with the worst clutter first.
That’s because it can be so overwhelming that you give up before you even begin.
Instead, start with something small.
When you’re trying to declutter, it’s best to start with the easiest tasks and work your way up to harder tasks.
Maybe it’s a drawer or a shelf or a small section of your closet.
Maybe it’s just an object that has been nagging at you for months (or years).
Once you’ve taken care of that one thing, and feel good about having done so, then move on to the next thing on your list of worst-clutter places in the house.
That way, you have time to get used to what it feels like to be decluttering.
And you’ll develop a positive attitude about your progress before tackling tougher areas.
4. Label Boxes Like Recycle And Donate
When you’re decluttering, the easiest way to keep yourself organized is to label boxes.
Label them as “recycle” if they have items that you no longer need and can be recycled.
Or label them as “donate” if they have items that are still useful but that you no longer need.
This makes it easier to sort through what you’re getting rid of and helps keep the process clean and organized.
Labeling boxes are also a great way to remember what to do with the items you’ve decided not to keep.
5. Give Yourself Permission To Be Done!
I’m a big believer in the power of self-talk, and I’m also a big believer in giving yourself permission to do things that are good for you.
So when it comes to cleaning your clutter at home, I want you to give yourself permission to be done.
You don’t need to take all day.
You can get it done in an hour or two if you’ve got a plan and some motivation!
But if you’re feeling like your stuff is going to overwhelm you and make you feel bad about yourself, I’m here to tell you that it’s okay.
You can stop right now.
There’s no shame in saying “I’m done.”
It doesn’t mean that your house isn’t organized or clean enough.
It just means that you’ve reached a point where it’s time to stop being overwhelmed by all the stuff around you.
And start focusing on what really matters.
It can be your health, happiness, and family relationships.
5 Strategies To Achieve A One-Day Decluttering
You’ve got a lot of stuff, and you want to get rid of it.
You know that it’s cluttering up your life and making it harder to achieve your goals.
But how do you actually go about doing that?
You don’t need to spend months decluttering your workspace or your whole house.
In fact, if you want to really make headway on this, try just doing one room at a time.
That way, if you don’t finish the job in one day, you can come back later and pick up where you left off.
Here are our top 5 strategies for achieving an entire day of decluttering:
1. Ditch The Junk
If you’re looking to declutter your home, it’s important to start with the obvious.
Get rid of all the stuff you don’t need.
It’s hard to know what that is, but if you’re not sure, consider this.
If it doesn’t bring you joy or make your life better in some way, or if you haven’t used it in six months or more, then get rid of it.
This includes everything from old clothes and shoes to expired food and kitchen utensils.
Don’t feel bad about getting rid of things that have been in storage for years.
If they’re not worth keeping around for sentimental reasons, then they’re probably not worth keeping around at all.
2. Go For The Big Stuff First
If you’re new to the world of decluttering, it can be tempting to tackle tiny things first.
After all, it’s easy to feel like you’re making progress when you get rid of a few stray paper clips and a few old greeting cards.
But in reality, that’s just a waste of time.
If you really want to make significant progress in your decluttering efforts, go for the big stuff first.
Start by going through your closet and getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in over six months.
Next, look at all the extraneous papers on your desk and decide if any of them are worth keeping.
Now is also a good time to clear out all those files stacked up on top of each other in your filing cabinet.
They’re probably not being used!
After that, finish up by tackling any junk drawer in your home.
Those piles of random items tend to grow exponentially as time goes on.
So, now is a great time to get them under control once and for all!
3. Don’t Stop To Question If You Really Need It
Don’t stop to question whether you really need it.
If you’re thinking about whether you really need something, then chances are, you don’t.
If you were meant to have it, then it would be in your life already.
Or at least more easily accessible than having to pull everything out of a messy closet and decide what to keep and what to toss.
The key to decluttering is just getting started with the first thing on your list and then not stopping until everything on that list is done!
4. Do The Smaller Things Last
It can be overwhelming to think about the task of decluttering your entire home, especially if you’ve been living in clutter for years.
But there’s no need to feel overwhelmed.
You can start by doing the smaller things last.
For example, if you’re start decluttering the kitchen, finish cleaning it first and then move on to other rooms in the house.
Or if you’re starting with closets, finish making sure all the clothes are organized and then move on to other parts of the house.
The key is to take things one step at a time so that you’re not so overwhelmed that you stop halfway through!
5. Reward Yourself!
The last step to achieving your one-day decluttering goal is to reward yourself.
You deserve it!
And if you don’t, who does?
It can be as simple as a nice bubble bath, or something more grandiose like a trip to Paris.
The important thing is that you take the time to find motivation to declutter and recognize how great it feels to have less clutter in your life and how much easier it makes things for you.
Are you a clutter bug?
Do you have a hard time getting rid of things?
Does your house look like a storeroom?
I hear you.
I’ve got a solution for you.
If you’re looking for ways to simplify your life by decluttering your home now so that you can have more peace of mind during the holidays, then my declutter binder is the right tool for you.
In this guide, I’ll walk you through how to declutter each room of your house step-by-step so that it doesn’t feel like such a daunting task anymore!
I’ll teach you exactly how to declutter your home fast so that when the snow starts falling outside (if it hasn’t already), you’ll be ready!