The 8 Best Ways to Declutter Your Home For 2023

Kenika | Tidied by K
by Kenika | Tidied by K

Let’s discuss some useful ways to declutter. You can implement practical habits in your day-to-day life to help you get rid of excess and mess.


As a professional organizer, I teach my clients how to achieve and maintain an organized home. I teach them the same strategies that I'm going to be sharing with you here.


The first thing you need to do is recognize why your clutter is a problem. There are so many studies that tie clutter to stress and mental health issues. These studies show that if your home is cluttered you tend to have higher cortisol levels, which is the stress hormone.


Chronically high cortisol levels can lead to mental health issues as well as physical ailments. Recognizing the cause of your stress is the first step to doing something to improve the situation.


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1. Start small

I recommend you start small. People dedicate too much of their time, effort, and energy at the very beginning of their decluttering journey. They try to start in spaces that are too big and they take on too much too quickly. This will burn you out and lead you to dread the next time you have to declutter.


If your kitchen needs to be fully decluttered, that is going to be a big project. Pick a category within the kitchen and just work on that. You could start with utensils or plastic bags. Don’t try to tackle everything at once. 


There is power behind breaking projects down into small steps. I call them mini wind cycles. As you get more mini-decluttering projects under your belt, you develop a better skill set for decluttering. You build up your decluttering muscle and become more confident in your decisions to make effective changes in your home.

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2. Declutter habitually

Get in the habit of decluttering often. People tend to do spring cleaning once a year. I recommend getting in the habit of decluttering consistently.


Take note of spaces in your home that are harder to manage and make sure to check on those spaces every day. Get in the practice of constantly decluttering things, especially in spaces that attract clutter.

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3. Be intentional about what you’re bringing home

Acquiring or accumulating things is far too easy in this day and age. We can shop just by tapping a button on our phones. People like to go shopping on weekends or bring things back from their trips or vacations. Try to be more cognizant of the things that you welcome into your space.


You are the gatekeeper of your home. You get to decide what comes in, what stays, and what leaves. look around your space and see which things are intentional. If you see things you never use and don’t even know why you have them, those things are not intentional.

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4. Be proactive

Dedicate space for the things that tend to cause clutter in your home. My favorite example is grocery bags. A lot of people shove grocery bags in the cupboard under the sink or on the floor in the pantry and it creates havoc. Create a dedicated space for the bags. I hung a basket inside a kitchen cupboard for grocery bags and it’s a great system.


5. Get comfortable with letting go

People tend to struggle with letting go of their belongings. Sometimes there’s a misconception that decluttering means you have to get rid of all your stuff. That's not the proper way to think about decluttering. I want you to reframe your thinking.


Decluttering is really about creating space for the things you love, use, and need. That's what I tell myself when I'm going through my decluttering process. I am creating space for the things that I actually want in my home.


When you reframe the way you think about decluttering, it makes the process easier and more productive. Getting in the practice of letting go of things that truly do not serve you, are not intentional, and you don't truly love, use, or need, will make you feel better at home.


6. Honor the limitations of your home

No, your home is not too small. No, you don't need to move and start over. You simply need to honor the limitations of the space that they have. You want your space to feel breathable. Your home is your sanctuary, so it’s important to respect it and find ways to feel good inside it.

 

If you have a smaller home, you need to own less stuff, but just because you have a bigger space doesn't mean that you need to fill it. There's nothing wrong with blank space. White space can make your home feel larger and airier. I actually encourage having blank white space in your home if possible.

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7. Dedicate time each day to declutter

I recommend 30 minutes a day of organizing, but even 15 minutes will make a huge impact. Just set a timer and get to work. You are not going to be motivated to do this every day so you have to apply some discipline and just get it done.

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8. Manage your hotspots

Hotspots are areas that typically get overwhelmed, and clutter really quickly. Maybe for you, the area by the front door gets cluttered with shoes and coats. Maybe it’s flat surfaces on your dining room table or coffee table.


Create a system that makes sense for that hot spot. For example, if I don't have anything on my tables it will turn into a hot spot. To resolve this, I always put a decorative element on the table. Adding decorative elements to the hotspots in your home will deter you and your family from cluttering up that space. 


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Meet me in the comments and let me know if these tips are helpful. I want to engage with you guys. Decluttering is not as hard as people think. Once you develop a process that works for you, you will feel free.

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  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 12, 2024

    Remember the saying... One In, One Out

  • TJ TJ on Jan 16, 2024

    I am currently living in a one bedroom apartment, but will own a bigger place in the next two years. I have accumulated items I love, will use and need over the past 10 years. I have intentional places for them in the larger space I will live in. I am finding spaces to store them in the apartment I am in now in so as not to spend money on a storage shed. I might have to rent a small storage shed for the items I can't fit in my current apartment. I have decluttered several areas and items following different rules. i.e. not needing duplicates. I live on an income below the poverty level. I have enough to cover the basics i.e. shelter, food, etc. but, cannot afford to just go out and buy something I got rid of following different decluttering rules, depending on the advice professionals give, and now need it. I have also discarded items that don't fit my lifestyle or the space I am currently in and later really regret I hadn't discarded them. I keep several "just in case" items because of my income and although I may not need it now, I usually find I need it in the future. How do you know what to keep and what to discard on an income where you can't just go out and buy another one because now you do love it, will use it and need it?

    Would you be able to do a segment on how to declutter and organize when your income is below the poverty level?

    • Carly Carly on Feb 06, 2024

      I think I'm in the same boat as you TJ and I found that financial status has nothing to do with achieving both of these things for little or no money. There are organizational treasures to be found to suit your taste so inexpensively at salvation Army, Value Village and thrift stores and even Facebook marketplace has so much available to discover for no money at all. Before you walk in the door, donate the excess clutter you have and it's a win-win. I found it very fulfilling to give what you don't need anymore to people in need of anything at all. Puts what we do have into perspective. You got this!

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