Is your home out of control? Is it impossible to keep up with the mess? Are you never able to get around to cleaning, because you spend all of your time picking up?!
If this is you, you need to declutter your home!
The clutter is stressing you out and keeping you from doing the things you want. Not only that, but you’re embarrassed to spontaneously have people over, even people who know you well because you never have time to clean, let alone pick up all of your family’s stuff.
The fact is, if you can’t keep up with all of your stuff, then you have too much of it.
Don’t think about what your best friend has on her plate and seemingly can handle. Don’t think about the fact that your neighbor has a cabin and a boat and still seems to be able to have time to work full-time AND keep their yard looking immaculate.
Whatever you think others are able to handle doesn’t matter. You need to focus on yourself and your life.
First of all, you might be (and probably are) wrong about what others seem to be able to handle so well. And second, what they are doing doesn’t matter. You need to find what works for you and your family so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.
How to Start Decluttering
But, maybe you already know that you need to declutter, but you just don’t know where to start. That’s where this post comes in. Once you pick a room to start in, you can declutter an entire room in just 1 hour…or less!
The key to figuring out how to declutter is to just start. You will get better at it as you go. Over time, you will be able to declutter more efficiently so that what used to take you all day will take you less than an hour!
I’m here to get you to that point…faster.
Keep reading to find out exactly how to declutter a room quickly and easily! This is seriously the best way to declutter a room.
How to Declutter an Entire Room in 1 Hour
You can declutter an entire room in under an hour, no matter how messy the room is. To declutter an entire room in 1 hour, you need simply need to prepare, sort, and remove the clutter from your home.
Here is how to declutter your room easily and quickly:
1. Prepare to declutter.
First, in order to prepare to declutter an entire room, you have to start with the right mindset. If you already know that your clutter is stressing you out, you are ready to declutter. And if you know there are things in a room that you don’t love or need, you are ready to begin…today.
Second, you must have sorting supplies. I like to have one box for things to sell, one box for things to donate, and a garbage bag for trash. Grab whatever you want to use to sort…garbage bags, boxes, plastic totes, an empty laundry basket…whatever you have will work.
2. Sort any items you don’t love or use.
This is the actual decluttering part. Here is how you declutter an entire room in a nutshell:
You look at every single thing in the room and make a few decisions.
- Do you love it?
- Do you use it?
If the answer to either question is no, it’s an item you should declutter.
Now that you know it needs to go, the next decision you need to make is whether you want to try to sell the item, donate the item, or throw away/recycle the item. Obviously, you’ll want to sell or donate items in good condition, and trash anything in poor condition.
I would recommend attempting to sell anything that’s in good condition. After all, who wouldn’t like to get a little extra cash?
I like to sell my unwanted items to people locally on Facebook Marketplace, but you could sell them on Craigslist, eBay, or whatever you like. Or maybe you plan to have a garage sale later this year, and you can simply start a pile for that.
I’ve been very surprised by some of the items I’ve been able to sell. People have different tastes and styles, as well as different items they are in the market for. I’m in the camp that if you could use the money, you may as well see if you can sell something…even if you only make $1. Those dollars add up!
Once you make these decisions, put items in the appropriate box, bin or bag.
***Some tips to help you declutter an entire room most efficiently:***
- Start with an area of frustration. This ensures you get the most important and biggest job done first!
- From there, move CLOCKWISE around the room and go from top to bottom. This eliminates wasting time on deciding what to look at next or trying to remember what you’ve already done. It also helps you see how far you’ve come and how much you have left!
3. Remove the clutter from your home.
You decluttered an entire room, now what?!
Now, you remove the clutter from your home, or at the very least, your sight.
For instance, if you are saving items for a garage sale later in the year, put your items in the garage, basement, closet, or storage room so that they don’t continue to clutter your living space. Do the same with any items you are selling online.
Throw away and recycle the items in poor condition right away. If you are donating any items, drop them off immediately or schedule a pickup at your home.
Finally, if you are selling any items online, post them right away and include a detailed, accurate description of the item. This will increase the item’s chances of selling.
A quick note on maintenance:
In order to maintain your newly decluttered room, you need to commit to not adding anything new to it.
Communicate the new standard with your family, showing them how you would like the room to continue to look. Take pictures if you have to. Remind the people living with you to pick up after themselves, and make sure you do the same!
Get Your Decluttering Checklist!
Sign up for my emails to get a FREE decluttering checklist. Now that the clutter in one room is gone for good, you are able to move on to the next room that needs it.
Why You Need This Decluttering Checklist:
- It will help you break down decluttering your home into smaller, more manageable goals.
- You will quickly and easily see how much decluttering is left and how far you’ve come.
- You will be able to stay motivated during the process of decluttering your home when you see how much you’ve accomplished!
You can easily declutter an entire room in under an hour, as long as you have the right mindset! Decluttering a room requires a little preparation and planning, but it can be done quickly and efficiently.
In order to declutter an entire room in 1 hour, you simply need to prepare, sort, and remove the clutter.
Theresa Bedford is a syndicated freelance home and travel writer with regular contributions to the Associated Press wire and MSN. She helps everyday people love the life they have through simplicity, organization, and prioritization.