When you just don’t have the time, sometimes you just need to declutter your home ridiculously fast. The question is does this work, will it last, and if so how can you master this method of decluttering your home?
In a world where we are all moving so fast, instead of fighting it, sometimes we just need to embrace it.
Accept the chaos, look forward to the good night’s sleep after a crazy busy day, and find unique ways to get everything you want to be done with the time that you do have.
So that brings me to this thought process. “I would feel better if my house were decluttered, simplified, and organized.
“Yet the question remains; how do I get my home like that if I do not have time?
I am here to happily tell you, decluttering your home ridiculously fast is possible.
In fact, it is so possible, that I would almost recommend trying this concept first before you decide to really dig deep and go on a full weekend decluttering sesh.
I am an experimenter and I tried multiple ways to figure the most efficient and best ways to declutter my home fast and this is how I was able to completely declutter my home with only 2 hours to spend doing it.
*This is more of decluttering challenge, not necessarily deep cleaning, or re-organizing, that I would save for another day*
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01 | COMPLETE A GENERIC CLEAN
Make the bed, pick items off the floor, do the dishes, etc. Just the bare minimum cleaning to get your mind a little less focused on the mess and more focused on decluttering your stuff.
02 | GET EVERYTHING YOU NEED BEFORE YOU START
- Trash bags for trash.
- Needs to a different room box.
- Donate box.
- Not sure box to deal with later.
- Water bottle.
03 | PICK A ROOM AND DO NOT LEAVE IT
There are other theories on decluttering like items together (for example all the books in the house at once) versus room by room, which I would recommend if you are going slower, but you aren’t.
Once you enter the bedroom, for example, you may NOT leave until you have removed everything you no longer wish to have.
This is called single-tasking; focusing on one task will help you accomplish it more thoroughly and in a timely manner versus jumping from task to task.
04 | SET A TIMER FOR 30 MINUTES PER ROOM
Going against a clock creates such a sense of urgency and it will prevent you from thinking too long about a particular item.
This will also prevent you from going down memory lane when you find old pictures and such. You will have to hustle when you only have 30 minutes!
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05 | START AT THE DOOR & GO TO THE RIGHT
Think of yourself as a gecko on the wall. They would stay on the perimeter and wouldn’t be jumping from wall to wall. Instead, look at the entrance or door of the room you are in.
Turn your head to the right and that’s what you hit first. Keep following the perimeter of the room decluttering everything as you go until you have made it completely around the room back to the door or entrance.
I am telling you this is the secret to success!
For example my bedroom I immediately wanted to hit the closet, but instead, I started with what was to the right of my door, my vanity table, to my cabinets, to my desk, to my bed, to my closet, and back to my door.
I kept a great pace, instead of jumping all around the room.
06 | PLACE ALL DONATIONS IN ONE LOCATION
Place every finished bag or box in one “out of the way” section of your home to clear away at the very end.
This will prevent you from taking too much time figuring out what to do with these boxes and bags as you accumulate them.
07 | FOLLOW THROUGH
Once every room has been quickly decluttered, time to deal with the pile of goodies you have left in that central location. Trash goes to trash. Load up the car with all donation boxes. Next time you are out and about drop off at your local donations center.
Now for that one box of items you are not sure about… put this box in a closet, garage, or anywhere where it would be out of your way.
In one month’s time if you do not think about the box or go to the box to grab anything out then you just gave yourself a sneak preview on how you really would feel if these items were out of your life.
I’m telling you that is pure gold right there!
If you have an incredibly large house, maybe this is your first time decluttering, or you have more stuff than Target on Black Friday, then I would suggest doing this often!
The reason why is every time you go through your home again, you will fall over in disbelief how you are now parting with the things the first time around you refused to let go!
Decluttering does get easier and more efficient every time you do it.
So if you have just a few hours once a month, grab your supplies and get to decluttering your home lightning fast!
I promise the results will be amazing.