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27 Quick Decluttering Ideas For Your Home

March 19, 2018

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Ever start an a decluttering or organization project at the beginning of January and get super excited about it??  Like yeah, this is it! This year is my year to completely declutter my entire house. No bit of crap is safe in this clutter-free zone!!  

Me too.  Completely have been there.  And when March rolls around and the clutter seems to be creeping back in, I usually throw in the towel and just go with it.  But not this year! This year is our year to finally cut this crap and release ourselves of all of the stuff! So, are you ready to take the four by eight decluttering challenge??

Four Steps, Eight Rooms/Areas.  That is the 4X8 Quick Declutter Challenge!  My goal is to make this manageable for you.  My guess is that you are not looking for a crazy process to declutter.  You need quick and doable decluttering ideas for the home right?

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Start your Decluttering Process with these four steps!

First we are going to start with the first four crucial steps to decluttering any room or area.  You will want to complete this for each room or area you tackle. I highly suggest that you work in manageable time chunks.  If you have an area that is in desperate need of decluttering, try this process broken up into sections of the room. What you want to feel at the end of this is accomplished!   You want to feel like you are making progress. So, if there is a small area that you can start this process with, start there. For me, that was the junk drawer.  My basement and garage on the other hand?  I’ll likely be doing this process in sections over several days (ugh or maybe even weeks!)

1:  Get a laundry basket and two trash bags.
2:  Gather all things in the room or area that do not belong there.     
3:  Separate your items into three sections.  First, items to keep. Second, items to throw away. Third, items to donate.
4: Take Action!  Throw that trash bag away. Put those items back where they belong.  And of course, the hardest one, take those donate bags and stick them in your car!  Do it right away and put it right in your passenger’s seat. That way you have to get rid of it the next time you leave your house.  Or, if you are motivated enough, drive it to a donation box right then and there! There are so many donation boxes and charities that take donations that you are bound to pass one on your next trip out of the house!  

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Now, let’s Declutter by Room!

Here we will walk through what should be in the room and what shouldn’t be!  This will help your 4X8 process to go smoothly! You obviously know what should stay in each room.  Think of what should stay in two thought processes. First, what are the obvious basics that should stay?  Second, what are the decorative or sentimental things that you want to see or displayed in the room. Those stay too!  Now, for what should go!


5. What should go:  Nightstand clutter, old water bottles, kids toys, clothes, laundry baskets, luggage, anything broken.


6.  What should go:  Towels with holes or serious stains, old products you do not use anymore, expired medicine or products, anything broken.

Bonus Tip!  Check out this awesome tutorial by Foxy’s Domestic Side that she did on how to organize your bathroom!  Clearing kid bathroom clutter is also a beast right??  Coffee Pancakes and Dreams had a great post about ideas for keeping the kiddo’s bathrooms organized!


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7.  What should go:  Clothes that no longer fit or you don’t feel good in, shoes that are worn beyond use, anything with holes in it, free t-shirts you never wear, shoe boxes, hangers that don’t get used.

Much Most Darling said her closet clean out helped her to get rid of so much stuff since December.  So freeing!!


8.  What should go:  Broken toys, games or sets missing pieces, toys that haven’t been played with (and you’ve had them forever!), broken crayons, dried out markers

Bonus Tip!  Package up old toys that your kids do not play with anymore.  Have one box of toys that you cycle in and out. It’s amazing how old toys can feel new to kids when they haven’t played with them in awhile.  You can also make some money by reselling your kid’s toys (in good condition) to a kid’s resale shop or consignment sale.


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9.  What should go:  Old papers and receipts (shred these for privacy!), pens that don’t work, any type of manual (you can get them online), batteries that do not work or go unused, old notebooks, anything broken


clean kitchen countertop

10.  What should go:  Utensil multiples, cookbooks you don’t use, expired food, pantry items that don’t belong, coffee mug multiples, shopping bags, takeout menus, anything broken

Bonus Tip!  Many stores recycle plastic bags!  Drop off your unused plastic bags next time you hit the supermarket.  Also, Buzzfeed has a few awesome Dollar Store hacks to get your kitchen organization moving!


11.  What should go:  old paint cans, outgrown toys/bikes, holiday decor that doesn’t work/you haven’t used it in a year, tools that aren’t used, anything broken


12.  What should go:  kid or pet toys that aren’t played with anymore, holiday decor that you haven’t used, anything broken… let’s be honest.  The basement can be a dumping ground. Determine what you use your basement for and then use the above tips to keep it clutter free!

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7 Bonus Decluttering Tips for getting your Digital Organization controlled!

Digital clutter can sometimes be as mind-boggling as physical clutter.  Here are my top 7 tips for decluttering your digital organization!

1:  Use Dropbox or Google Drive for family file sharing

2:  Create a private YouTube channel to store your family videos and for easy sharing with your family and friends!

3:  Use a service like Mixbook to create an album of your kid’s crafts!  Keep a small box of sentimental favorites and take photos of the rest.

4:  Use Asana to organize your to-do lists and share tasks with your family members.

5:  Go through your phone photos once a week and delete duplicates.

6:  Use Chatbooks to print your mobile phone photos.  

7:  Organize your phone into folders by icon color or by type.  I used to organize by type but found much more efficiency and organization by organizing by color.  Great tip from Emily Ley!

A Few of my Favorite Decluttering Tools for the Home

Here are a few great resources for getting your decluttering process started.  I’ve found that it helps to get the big picture and then get decluttering!  A Simplified Life by Emily Ley walks through how to simplify every area of your life.  I loved this book because it had some really simple and doable strategies that were easy to implement.  If you’re in serious need of a clutter overhaul, check out Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up!

OK friends so tell me, are you ready to join the declutter challenge?  Leave me a comment and tell me what your number one clutter beast in your home is!

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  • Sarah @ Foxy’s Domestic Side

    March 19, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    What great tips! I seriously need to tackle our Christmas stuff, yes there might be some Christmas stuff around the house…that I have yet to do…I just need to stop what I am doing and do it, ya know? Tuesday, Tuesday is the day! You have motivated me. Thanks for the mention! 🙂


      March 19, 2018 at 1:49 pm

      hahah girl I still have our Christmas welcome mat out, you are not alone! I’m blaming it on the bad weather and the fact that I don’t want to get my new one yucky yet haha! Thanks for checking it out!

  • Cait

    March 20, 2018 at 7:39 am

    these are great tips esp when im getting ready to move and need to declutter quickly ha! thanks friend!


      March 20, 2018 at 10:01 am

      oh yes!!! Good luck on the move girl! I swear a move will help speed up the clutter like nothing else!

  • Catrina

    March 20, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Yes! So much yes! I NEED to declutter. Due to some unforeseen circumstances my family of 4 had to downsize rather quickly from a 3 bedroom home to a 2 bedroom apartment and needless to say, this apartment does not have the room the house did! So this is happening – soon. Thank you for this!


      March 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

      I’m so sorry for your move! Hopefully it will be a blessing in disguise to be able to get rid of what you don’t need anymore! thanks for checking it out 🙂

  • hadassah

    March 20, 2018 at 10:02 am

    i hate cluttler omg thank you for this! i love the minimalist feel


      March 20, 2018 at 10:47 am

      you got it! clutter is our enemy LOL!

  • Kasey Gilsbach

    March 20, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    With a baby on the way I have been in a total nesting phase and decluttering like crazy!!!


      March 20, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      congrats!! that is awesome! what better reason to declutter!

  • Sarah Althouse

    March 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Yessss! I’m a neat freak and have been living this way for ever but your tips are spot on


      March 20, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      thanks for checking it out Sarah!

  • Nakia

    March 20, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    I am sooooo ready to declutter my home! I plan to tackle my kitchen first and foremost. Then onto toys! Love your tips! Thanks for sharing!


      March 20, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      you got it!! Happy decluttering! I hope it goes well!

  • Leigh Suznovich

    March 20, 2018 at 6:31 pm

    I am such a neat freak but we just amass stuff in this house and I don’t even know where some of it comes from. You’ve motivated me to really tackle decluttering!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      I agree!! I have no idea where it comes from!!

  • Marya

    March 20, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Great tips & I loved the digital organization ideas! So needed!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      It’s definitely one of my biggest struggles! Thanks Marya!

  • Leah

    March 20, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    Love Love Love this post! I have been slowly going through my house for a year, just a big circle and I keep repeating things because it has been taking so long. My kids cloths I cry and think they were once this little, my cloths cry and think one day I will fit in them again lol Hopefully with the help from this post I will get done in the next 3 months.


      March 26, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      I’m the same way with my kids clothes!!! I end up keeping some!

  • jill conyers

    March 21, 2018 at 4:36 am

    I’ve been unintentionally decluttering lately. No reason. It has just felt like a good time to clear out a little. Great tips.


      March 26, 2018 at 9:53 pm

      awesome!! no better time than the spring to clean out!

  • Rachel R Ritlop

    March 21, 2018 at 8:26 am

    Ahh I needed this!! I’ve decluttered my digital life. But need to declutter so much more! particularly our bathroom and the land of unused beauty products!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      totally jealous! My digital clutter is what gets me!

  • Emily

    March 21, 2018 at 8:32 am

    These are fantastic tips!! I really need to work on decluttering my home! We moved in almost a year ago and there are still boxes everywhere…!!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:54 pm

      good luck Emily!!! I hope the post helps!

  • Annette

    March 21, 2018 at 8:35 am

    So many helpful tips. I’m trying to get there. It definitely seems like an ongoing thing.


      March 26, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      It’s definitely ongoing for us! thanks Annette!

  • Erica @ Coming Up roses

    March 21, 2018 at 9:38 am

    This is brilliant – now I’m so inspired to decluttter and clear out!!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      great!! Hope it helps Erica!

  • kara

    March 21, 2018 at 11:48 am

    OMG this is amazing! I was just about to do some spring cleaning/decluttering!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      perfect timing then!!! thanks Kara!

  • KJ

    March 21, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    These tips are fantastic! I need to organize my son’s room and either donate or store the things he no longer needs.


      March 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Exactly!! You both will feel so good to have it gone!

  • Jazz

    March 21, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    This is a good push into spring cleaning as I have been holding onto lots of documents since I bought my house and need to go through and purge/organize them!


      March 26, 2018 at 9:51 pm

      Yes! Paper is crazy, right?

  • Denisha

    March 21, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Such a thorough plan for getting rid of clutter! Breaking it down in steps, and even listing what should go make this process so much easier! You’re right about putting the donate bags in the front seat…they will ride in the trunk forever! Thanks for sharing.


      March 26, 2018 at 9:50 pm

      Denisha I will tell you its a miracle to get those bags in the car and out of the house!!! That’s the first step for me ha!

  • tayler

    March 21, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    These are some great tips and I love your little spreadsheet at the top.


      March 26, 2018 at 3:59 pm

      Thanks for checking it out Tayler!

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