The Best Decluttering Methods for Your Home
Your home is meant to be a place where you can relax and enjoy quality time with your family, but when you have clutter in every space you turn, it isn’t easy to be able to just relax. You’re constantly reminded of the mess and the things your need to take care of, and it can be overwhelming trying to think of where to start.
Getting started is the hardest part when you need to learn how to declutter your home.
Once you’re in a groove, it’s easy to keep going (Check out my advice on how to Declutter a Room in 30 Minutes) There are many decluttering methods out there for you to try out, and decluttering is not a one-size-fits-all process.
We all have processes we are comfortable with, especially when you need to declutter, and want to keep everything. I’ve compiled a list of the best decluttering methods out there so you can find a decluttering method that fits your lifestyle needs.
The KonMarie Decluttering Method by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo paved the way for a clutter-free lifestyle with her widely popular book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
You’ve likely seen her name on just about every decluttering blog and message board.
The KonMarie Method focuses on helping you decide what to keep by category, not by specific rooms or locations in your home. The method teaches you to start with categories such as books, clothes, paperwork, etc.
Only keep the items that spark joy and discard or donate items that do not. The method simplifies decluttering and ensures you aren’t throwing out things that have sentimental value.
The Four Box Method
The Four Box Method is a great method when you want to tackle one room at a time. You’ll need four boxes to utilize this method, with each one labeled as either Put Away, Storage, Trash, or Give Away/Sell.
Bring the boxes into each room and move your way through the clutter, placing each item into the box with the action you want to take for each item.
Once the boxes are full, or the room is complete, you get to take the actions on the boxes. Throw away the items in the Trash box, give away or sell items in the Give Away/Sell Box, put things in storage that you threw in the Storage Box, and put away the things in the Put-Away box.
Once you’ve cleared the boxes, you get to move on to the next room or space.
The 30-Day Minimalist Game
Decluttering your home for many is a boring task that is difficult to complete because they want to spend their time doing something fun. With the 30-Day Minimalist Game, you get a chance to turn decluttering into a game.
Each day of the month tells you exactly how many items to declutter with this method. For example, on day 1, you would declutter 1 item, and on day 15, you would declutter 15. At the end of the 30 days, you will have decluttered over 400 items.
The 20 Minute Method
This method is one of the best when you live a busy life but still want to make progress to declutter, and it helps you avoid decluttering burnout.
You can take on one room at a time or one location, but this method involves setting a timer for 20 minutes and start organizing one of your spaces until the timer runs out. Work on decluttering a desk or one of those pesky junk drawers many of us have.
You will be surprised at the amount you can get done taking on 20 minutes a day of decluttering.
The 90/90 Rule Method
The 90/90 rule method is a standard minimalist rule that has you ask yourself if you have used an item in the last 90 days and if you plan to use it in the next 90 days. If the answer to that question is no for both, the item is safe to get rid of.
It’s a great way to understand what you use and what you don’t use. The 90 days is just a guideline, and if you want to adjust, you can!
The 12-12-12 Challenge Method
The 12-12-12 challenge method adds a bit of fun to decluttering your home and allows you to challenge yourself.
This method involves finding 12 things to throw away, 12 things to donate, and 12 things to put away in their proper place.
You can involve the whole family with this challenge and turn it into a fun competition. You get a decluttered home much faster and create great habits for your kids to learn to declutter.
The 5 Item Rule Method
The 5 Item Rule Method is another decluttering method that is great for when you’re short on time or struggle with the overwhelm decluttering can bring. With the 5 Item Rule method, you focus on choosing 5 items to get rid of.
It doesn’t have to be centralized in one room. The items can be chosen throughout the house. If you feel up to it, you can keep going on past the 5 items but just 5 a day works great to make some progress.
What’s incredible about all of these methods of decluttering is you don’t have to stick with just one method, and you can mix and match through the same rule as the KonMarie method blended with the Four Box Method is a great example!
Figure out if the item brings you joy and sort it into one of the four boxes. Or, if you are short on time, dedicate 20 minutes of your day to decluttering.
Before Decluttering this hall closet:
After the Decluttering Process:
Decluttering your home can have tremendous benefits not just to bringing peace to your space, but it can bring a sense of calm to your life in destressing and allowing you to focus on the more important things in life.
Transforming your life by decluttering and embracing a minimalistic lifestyle can be a refreshing way to open the doors to a relaxing, happier life.
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