Decluttering & Organizing

How to Declutter Your Home, Room by Room

Knowing where to start decluttering your home can be a daunting task. Whether you’re planning to sort out your belongings before a house move or just want to simplify your life, knowing how to declutter your house in one day will help you to reach your tidying goals faster. So, what’s the best way to sort out your home? Let’s find out.

Declutter Your Home Checklist

Follow our step-by-step checklist and you’ll discover a smart system for getting your home organized and making it a more comfortable place to live.

1. Create Five Separate Piles

One of the best decluttering tips for getting your possessions organized quickly is to create five separate piles. One pile is for items that need to be put back in their original space, one pile is for items you are going to donate to charity, one is for items that need mending, one is for recycling, and one is for stuff you’re going to throw away. As you go through each room, you can place items into one of the piles, making it easy for you to declutter.

2. Start With The Bathroom

Your bathroom cabinet can become a dumping ground for random products. Remove anything that doesn't belong there and put back the items you use most often. If you have space, you can add extra products, just ensure that your most used items are kept at the front. This makes it easier to find toiletries and other items when you need them. Next, sort any products around your bath and shower, such as towels.

Clean white towels.

3. Create A Calm Bedroom

Having a messy bedroom can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Infuse calmness by putting any clean clothing away and placing any dirty laundry in your laundry bin. Make your bed as this is key to a tidy bedroom. Remove any unwanted items from your nightstands and go through each of your drawers. Take everything out of your drawers and place them into your piles, apart from anything you’re keeping – you can fold these neatly and place them back into your drawers.

Teenage boy cleaning his bedroom.

4. Tidy Clutter in Your Kitchen

Eating, dining, cooking and serving mean your kitchen becomes cluttered easily. To organize this space, tidy one zone at a time. For instance, start with your cupboards, then sort out your counter space. Only items that you use regularly, such as your coffee machine, should have a home on your countertops. Leave under the sink until last as this tends to be the area with the most mess.

Woman folding was paper in the kitchen.

5. Declutter Your Living Room

Your living room can be difficult to keep tidy as it’s often the most used space in your home, especially if you have young children. Before you start organizing this area, consider where you’re going to keep your most-used items. These are things like the TV remote, books and gadgets. You may have storage where you can place these things. If you have a bookcase, shelving or another type of storage unit, start decluttering this space first. Leave your coffee table and television unit until the end. If you have children’s toys in your living room, consider getting a large basket or storage box to place them in. This keeps them out of the way when they’re not being used.

6. Entrances, Hallways and Additional Spaces

Entrances and hallways are usually where coats, shoes and accessories are stored. If so, sort through these items by hanging up all coats and neatly storing shoes on a rack or in a cabinet. Create a designated space for your keys and other things that you need daily, including dog leads, gloves, scarf etc. Avoid overcrowding this area. Any items that are not regularly used should be kept elsewhere, such as in your wardrobe or bedroom drawers.

7. Put Items Into Storage

If you’ve sorted out your belonging and some items could be stored away longer-term, you could rent a long-term storage unit. This will allow you to free up even more space in your home without throwing things away. Who knows? You might even have space for a playroom or that home gym you’ve always wanted!