Welcome to Part Three of our series on how to completely declutter your home!
This is the part of the series you’ve been waiting for… today you can finally get started decluttering your house.
In this post, we are going to go over the exact steps that you need to follow to ensure that all of the areas of your home get completely decluttered.
And if you would prefer to watch the post, here is the video:
How to Completely Declutter Your Entire House
1) Choose Your Decluttering Method
There are many ways that you can go about the decluttering process, so let’s see which way is going to work best for you.
I am going to be covering two of the most widely known methods – the Marie Kondo method and the ‘room-by-room’ method. Of course, there are other methods you can choose from, but either of these options are a safe bet for helping you get your house completely decluttered.
The Marie Kondo Method
With this method you divide your entire house into categories. You then work through each of these categories one at a time.
Marie Kondo suggests using the categories of clothes, books, papers, miscellaneous items, and sentimental items.
The Room-by-Room Method
With this method, you declutter your house one room at a time. This is the method that I have used and that I recommend for people who want to completely declutter their house once and for all.
2) Decide on a Plan for Your Method
Once you have chosen your preferred method, I want you to sit down with a piece of paper and decide on your game plan. As I said, I’ll just be covering the Marie Kondo and ‘room-by-room’ methods.
It is important to put in place a plan of action before you start decluttering, rather than when you already in the middle of it. Figuring all of this out ahead of time will make decluttering much easier.
Marie Kondo Plan
Decide which category you would like to start with first. Marie Kondo suggests starting with clothing as this is often the easiest and where you will see the quickest results (which helps to keep you motivated).
If you are using the room-by-room method, you want to decide which rooms you are going to declutter first, second, third, fourth and so on.
If you have decided that room-by-room decluttering will work well for you, check out my easy decluttering checklist that you can download for free that will help you get started.
3) Step-by-Step Guide on How to Declutter Your House
Now that we have all the preliminaries out of the way, we can get to the fun part! That is, if you’re anything like me and find decluttering exciting! 😀
So, let’s go ahead and look at the steps that you need to take whether you are doing the Marie Kondo method or the room-by -room method.
Marie Kondo Method: Gather up everything in the first category and put it all in one place.
Yes, this does mean that things will get messier before they get better but this is the best way to ensure that your house gets completely decluttered and that you aren’t leaving any stone unturned.
Room-by-Room Method: Take everything out of the space that you are decluttering
Put things you want to keep directly back in the space you removed it from.
This means everything that you know for sure that you want to keep, without any doubt. These should only be things that you either love or use all the time.
Pro tip – When I have a space completely cleared out, I like to use that opportunity to go through and clean it well because it is not very often that all my cupboards are empty and hopefully it won’t be for a very long time again!
Place items into different containers. This is where the bulk of the decluttering process happens.
You are going to categorize everything else that you weren’t totally sure you wanted to keep and place them in five different containers.
Container Number One:
This container will be for trash.
I like to use some sort of bag that can go directly into the trash when I am done filling it up to collect these items. This should be for any items that you want to get rid of but aren’t in good enough condition to donate or sell.
Container Number Two:
This container is for items you want to donate.
I recommend using brown paper bags for container number two because then you won’t have to transfer them to anything else before you drop them off at a donation center.
Container Number Three:
This is for items that you want to sell.
Container Number Four:
Container number four is a little bit different because we aren’t going to do anything with it straight away.
This is the container for things that you’re not yet sure what you want to do with them. My best advice for these items, is to put them in a box, seal it up, and then write a date some time in the future on the label. But don’t list out the contents of the box.
Then, when the date arrives, if you have not gone into the box looking for anything, drop it off at a donation center without looking inside. I really recommend choosing a date within 6 months to avoid another box just gathering dust.
The reason for this container is because sometimes we think we want or need things, or that we love something, but when it comes down to it, we really don’t use them or like them as much as we think we do so this helps us to solve the problem of indecision.
If you realize that you do need or want something that you put into that box before the date on the label arrives, you know that it is just down in the garage, and you can easily go down and open it and get whatever you need out.
Container Number Five:
This container is for items that belong somewhere else in the house and have been living in the wrong spot.
Because you don’t want to be running around while you are in the middle of decluttering trying to put things in their right place, these things can just go into this container for now.
Now you need to complete the process for each container.
- take the trash container out to the trash
- load the brown paper donation bags into your car so that the next time you are driving around and you see a donation center you can easily drop them off
- list any items in container number three to be sold. I recommend giving yourself no more than a week to list the items because it can be really easy to put off doing it and then before you know it, months have gone by, and you still haven’t fully decluttered any area of your house.
- since items from container number three may not sell right away, give yourself a deadline for when you’re going to stop trying to sell them and donate them instead
- label container number four with the date in the future that you have chosen and put it in your garage
- once you have dealt with everything from the room or category you are working on, you can take the container filled with items that belong somewhere else and put them in the proper spot.
The next step is just to organize what you have left.
Some areas of your home, like bathrooms, pantries, and office spaces, may need some organizational containers to keep everything clean and tidy.
In my experience though, if you find yourself needing to run out and get baskets or bins, it probably means that you need to do a little bit more decluttering.
So, if you are finding that is the case for you, go back to step one and go through the process I have outlined again. You can do this as many times as you need for the room or the category to be completely decluttered.
Once a room or category is completed decluttered, you can move onto the one that is next on the list that you created in step two. Continue completing these steps until your whole house is decluttered.
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