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Before the clutter drives you mad, you need to know how to declutter your home fast. It’s about making quick and fast decisions and not allowing yourself to get sidetracked by reminiscing or studying each piece of paperwork. As a master declutterer myself I have some decluttering tips to help you in getting rid of clutter.

First, clutter is not filth, but oftentimes clutter can make a home look filthy. Clutter is that paperwork sitting in that special spot on the kitchen counter. It’s the random papers and books on a shelf in the living room. Clutter is your kids toys pushed up against every wall in your family room because there isn’t anywhere else for them to go.

Clutter In House

If your like me, you deal with it for a week, month, or maybe a couple of months putting things away every so often. It’s inevitable that those things will make their way back into these spots. You’ll be sitting on your sofa browsing Pinterest and staring at your kids red mega blocks wagon sitting off to the side yet completely out of place.

It’s in that moment that you get up and start cleaning and putting the paperwork and toys back in their place. Knowing in a week or month you will be doing it all again. Unless, you start decluttering your home.

It’s always easier to keep your house clean when you have less stuff inside of it. Decluttering is the best way to set up and start a new cleaning schedule too. Doing frequent decluttering will also make sure to keep clutter in house to a minimum.

How To Declutter Your Home

I’m giving you my top tips for getting more organized and finally ridding yourself of the anxiety inducing clutter.

Check out my post 5 Linen Closet Organization Ideas.

Gather Supplies To Clear The Clutter

Before we get started you will need to label some items. 1 or more garbage boxes, 1 important paperwork box, 1 bills box, 1 or 7 donate boxes and 1 shred box. These boxes can be as big or as small as you need them.

How To Declutter Toys

Go through your kids toys and decide what toys they actually play with, which ones are broken, and which ones can be donated. Toss the broken toys and donate the ones you can. That’s the easy part.

Either you pick or have your child pick 3 toys they can play with all year long. These are usually reserved for the most important toys like favorite stuffed animals or technology they use often.

Split the rest of the toys into 4 piles, one for spring, one for summer, fall, and winter. Put three of the four piles into boxes or totes and leave the rest in your kids room. Every season change out their toys. Less available toys, means less clutter everywhere else in the house.

These shelves make for a great way to organize toys in your kids room. Additionally, my son loves this little bookshelf to put all his books in.

How To Declutter Paperwork

Gather all the paperwork throughout your home, junk mail, letters, birthday cards, bills, ect. And place it into one pile. Turn on Netflix and start going through all the paperwork dropping them in their designated boxes, garbage, important, bills, and shred.

How to Clear the Clutter

Once you are through all the paperwork, file away the important papers and the bills. Place the shred box near your shredder. If you don’t have a shredder google a shredding company in your area.

Protip: Have a kid help by telling them the papers need to be ripped into tiny pieces. Keeps them busy and they get to help. I talk about getting kids to clean in How to get your Kid to Clean and Actually Enjoy it.

Fold the important and bills box and shove away in a closet for your next declutter day.

Check out my post How To Quick Clean Your Home In 10 Minutes.

Go Paperless

If you want to get rid of the paper in your home scan all your bills and important paperwork. Save into a file on your computer and remember to make a backup that will go into your fire proof box or safe. Shred the actual copies.

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the difficult task of getting rid of paperwork now let’s declutter some more by getting rid of things you no longer use.

Check out my post on How To Organize Your Paperwork.

How To Declutter Your Closet

Take your donate box and garbage box to your closet. Go through every item of clothing. If you don’t remember the last time you wore it you should probably donate. Allow yourself to only keep 5 items that you haven’t worn in forever. We all have those two or three shirts we never wear because they are the only shirts we own without stains.

How to Clear the Clutter

Next you’ll want to let your husband know about your decluttering. Inform him that you’re putting together a donate box. Ask him if he could spend a few minutes going through his closet and picking out clothes to donate. It’s a nice way of saying “Get rid of your shit!”

Next start going through your kids clothes. You may have a lot of keep stuff in this section depending on the age of your child and the condition of their clothing. Do not keep everything. Keep unique stuff only.

Here’s what you have to keep in mind when going through your kids clothing and deciding what to keep, what to donate, and what to pitch. One day this child will be an adult and will have absolutely no interest in the clothing he or she wore as a baby. They may contemplate the possibility of you having some sort of hoarding disease. Do you want your child to think you are a closet hoarder? No? Then get rid of it.

Now that you have gone through all the clothing, close up the box for donations and pack it into your vehicle to drop off during your next errand run.

Check out my post How To Be A Minimalist In Your Home.

Decluttering Makeup

I’m a closet beauty product hoarder. I love lotions in pretty scents so I probably have at least 10 of them currently on my bathroom counter. I have a lotion problem.

Take your garbage box and head to your bathroom or linen closet. Go through all your products and remove any and all products you don’t use or may have gone bad. Yes beauty products go bad. Use this guide as a reference.

  • Lotion – Good for 3 years
  • Opened Hair Care Products non aerosol – 18 months
  • Liquid Face Make up – 6 months
  • Powder Face Make up – 2 years
  • Mascara – 3 months
  • Liquid Eyeliners – 3 months
  • Cream Eyeshadows – 6 months
  • Eyeliners and Powder Eyeshadows – 2 years
  • Lipsticks, Gloss, Lip Liners – 2 years
  • Nail Polish – One to two years
  • Anti Aging Creams and the like – 6 months up to 1 year only if in a pump bottle
  • Sunscreen – 6 months
  • Fragrances – Several Years or until the scent changes.

When to toss Beauty Products

Decluttering Cleaning Products

The majority of cleaning products are only good for up to 2 years. After that the product may not work as well. Especially if it has some sort of disinfectant in it. So toss all your bad cleaning products.

Check out my post How to Organize Pots and Pans to get your cabinet organization under control.

Clear the Clutter Everywhere Else

How to Clear the Clutter

Now we can start the final phase of our decluttering process. Going through all the knick knacks, misc items, wall art, kitchen gadgets and everything else that might be causing your clutter anxiety.

My general rule is this; if it doesn’t serve a purpose, isn’t a photo, isn’t an important memory, or isn’t worth anything, it’s not worth keeping. You can decide what your own guidelines for keeping these types of items are. When it’s over you should feel good about what you’re giving away and how clutter free your house looks.

In less than a day you will have a clutter free house. Now all that’s left to do is to take your donate boxes to the donation center of your choice. Sit down with a glass of wine, pat yourself on the back and enjoy your clutter free home.

Now that you know how to declutter your home fast let me know in the comments what your hot spots are and how you plan on tackling them. Follow me on Pinterest and pin this to your organization and cleaning boards.

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  1. Thanks for sharing! Going paperless is so freeing but there are times a hard copy is needed so a strategy for order is helpful!

    1. Author

      I’m glad you found it helpful. There is always a need for a hard copy with certain items. It’s helpful to keep the most important paperwork in a fireproof lock box. Good luck in decluttering.

  2. This was a good read! It is amazing how short the shelf life of beauty products are!

  3. If you live where I do, the junk mail some times get’s to be the fire starter, so I always keep more of the papers ready to burn! No shredding at this house.

    1. The only burn bag we have I’d credit card apps, no important mail. We don’t get a paper, if you want the news then watch tv or look on your phone.

    2. An insurance man told me years ago to put all my important papers that I want to keep home(not in a lock box at the bank) into a Tupperware (or similar) plastic sealing rectangular box, seal it and put it in your freezer. Things like
      auto titles, insurance policies, wills, etc. that you want to keep handy. The freezer is a natural fire safe. We had a major fire and he was right. All my papers were safe. My so called “fire proof” safe melted, but not the freezer.

      1. Author

        That’s intriguing. I might have to keep an extra set in my freezer.

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