10+ Decluttering Tips For Busy Homeowners

Decluttering can be a relaxing experience or a very stressful one, depending on the person and the amount of clutter. With a little pre-planning and doing a little bit every day, however, you could declutter your entire home in much less time than you think, even on the busiest of schedules.

Decluttering tricks and tips

How to declutter different areas of your home

Kids’ rooms

Always include your children when you are cleaning or decluttering their rooms and lead by example. Children observe us from the moment they are born, and they take examples from our actions and feelings. So, if your child sees that you hate the idea of cleaning and organising, they will hate it too. Try to always be positive about cleaning, always remind them of the benefits of having a clean and organised room (no bacteria, it’s easier to find things, etc.).

Make sure they have enough places to put away their toys – boxes and baskets are usually a great way of storing items. Also, add a little waste bin in the room so that they can easily dispose of items they don’t need.

You could also make it a habit to rotate their toys. Take away neglected toys and stash them in a big bin or a box somewhere they won’t look. In a couple of weeks when the child starts getting bored with their current toys, reintroduce some of the old ones. This will help them appreciate all of their toys more, as well as keep the clutter to a minimum.


Kitchens are notoriously one of the most cluttered spaces in our homes but you can easily fix that. Here are some top tips on how to do this:


First, you’ll need a flat surface where to put all the items that you’ll sort through so start by clearing your bathroom countertops.Once that’s done, you can begin.
Open your medicine cabinet next and empty its contents on the countertop. Get rid of anything you won’t ever use or that is past its expiration date.
Move on to the bathroom cabinet and drawers next. Work one section at a time. Check all expiration dates and sort what to keep and what to toss.
Get rid of old and broken hair accessories and hairbrushes. The same goes for sticky cans of hairspray and half-empty lotions. Set aside all items you’ve tried once but didn’t like to either toss or give away.
Next is the shower area. Toss away any old razor blades, leftover soap pieces, empty bottles of shaving cream or shampoos. Remove any old bath salts and after shower sprays, you know you won’t use them.
After you are done with all that, inspect the bathroom one last time and make sure you didn’t forget anything.
Congratulations, you’ve now decluttered your bathroom!


Closets are those places in our bedrooms where the most clutter tends to accumulate in the form of clothes that no longer fit us or that we no longer wear.
You’ll need:

To start, take out the entire content of your closet and lay it on the bed. Vacuum or dust the inside if it has been a while.
Sort through the hanging stuff first, and then move on to the folded items and the shoes. Throw away anything that is irreparable and don’t look back. Clothes you’d like to give away go in cardboard boxes (or plastic bags). If you find anything that doesn’t belong in the closet, place it in the catch-all basket.
Once you are done with those, it’s time to sort through your drawers, one by one. Lay the contents of each drawer on a towel. Throw away any garbage or broken items. If any memorabilia is present, leave that for last, as it might sidetrack you and break the overall flow of the process.
Congratulations, you’ve now decluttered your closet!
Remember, the best way to avoid any clutter buildup is to buy less and be very mindful about what you get. If you have a tendency to buy lots of stuff on impulse, you could try to put off buying something for 24 hours to see if you still want it the next day. Chances are some of the times you wouldn’t.

Attic and basement

The attic and the basement are two areas that we tend to put off setting in order altogether. With a clear plan of what we want to achieve, however, we can not only save some space but sort out everything, and make each item easy to access and locate.

Here are some useful tips for organising and decluttering both places:

When decluttering your attic, it’s best to remove all items from there before sorting. Put them in either the hallway or another room. Once that’s done, you can give a thorough cleaning to the now-empty attic because you might not get a better opportunity anytime soon.
Sort through your stuff one box at a time and remember that you don’t have to get it done in a day. Throw away anything broken or no longer useful, and make sure to leave sorting memorabilia for last, so not to break your rhythm. Use dust covers to protect any travelling suitcases or any other items you deem fit.
Don’t forget to label each box once you are done with it and to arrange the frequently used items in the front.
To protect your stuff from moisture and temperature damage, invest in weatherproof boxes because, in the long run, no roof is immune to leaks.
The basement should get the same treatment as the attic. You want to set a designated area for sorting through all your stuff and begin one area at a time. As you sort through each box, you could also create an inventory of everything, so you can easily find what you’re looking for next time.
Make sure to use the most out of your vertical space. Vertical shelving units, wall and ceiling hooks will not only increase storage space but make everything easier to find.
The biggest concerns for basements are the humidity and various pests that find it an attractive environment. Invest in a dehumidifier to protect your stuff from mould and mildew. You’d also want some airtight containers to keep away moths, silverfish and other types of critters.


Science says that once you declutter your bedroom and set everything in order, you are more likely to fall asleep easier.
That’s why it’s best to remove all clutter and keep only the essentials afterwards.

Start small and focus on one area. Again, you don’t have to do everything in a single day, you could break the task down into small chunks of 15-30 minutes a day.

Things that make the bedroom feel cluttered:

Remove any obvious trash first, and then move on to everything that belongs in a different room. Make your bed, if you haven’t, and you have an empty surface to put items on for sorting. Then, clear all flat surfaces in the room off stuff (things like old magazines, half-read books, old DVDs, etc.).

If you have a TV, it’s best to move it into the living room, as watching television before you go to sleep disrupts your sleeping patterns. The same goes for your mobile and other screens.

Don’t forget to take all those boxes and stuff under the bed (as well as any storage furniture), and go through them one by one as well.
Leave memorabilia and sentimental items for last, and sort through them accordingly.
Once you are done, congratulate yourself – you now have a decluttered bedroom!


Whether we live busy lives by choice or by circumstance, once we’ve successfully decluttered our home, we are going to find that we have much more energy and time. That is because we don’t realise how much a cluttered environment is draining us psychologically until we’ve decluttered and sorted all our stuff. Now, for a reward, we get to experience the powerful truth behind why less is more and how caring for our home becomes easier.

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