Clutter, clutter everywhere! When it comes to decluttering your house, it can be such a daunting task. Trust me, I’ve been there! The idea of sorting through all those rooms filled with belongings, mementos, and memories can be so overwhelming that it’s easier to push it off for another time than to actually tackle the task. But in reality, this is one of those things that doesn’t need to be a big ordeal. I’ve found that with a little planning, it’s actually possible to declutter your entire home in one weekend (or less)!
A good decluttering gives the home room to breathe. Not to mention, it can be a very eye-opening experience. Often times we find that we don’t even use or need a lot of our possessions. So why are they sitting around our homes taking up space and collecting dust? If you give your house a good decluttering and limit what you bring back into it, your home will stay clean and clutter-free for a good long while!
So what do you think? Are you ready to declutter your own home? Read the steps and download my free decluttering planner below to follow along and help you get your home under control this weekend!
How to Declutter Your Entire Home in One Weekend (or Less)!
1. Make a list of all the rooms in your house, and estimate how much time you’ll need to go through each room.
Some rooms, like bathrooms, might only take 30 minutes, while your kid’s bedroom might be more on the 2 hours side. When making your list, you want to try to limit yourself to no more than 1-2 hours per room, that way you don’t lose focus and get sucked into side projects. (Awww here’s a photo album from when you were a baby! Cue falling down a rabbit hole and not making any progress for the rest of the day.)
When you limit your time in each room, you have to get down to business and make progress. It doesn’t give you time to reminisce about each and every object in your home. It forces you to make quick decisions. Because when you take the time to stop and think about every object, you can end up spending an entire day on ONE room, and you’ll find that there’s nothing to get rid of, because you’ve attached meaning to EVERY little object.
If you’re following along with the free decluttering planner, you’ll find a place to list your rooms and the time you’re going to spend on them in the very first section.
2. Create your weekend decluttering schedule, with the appropriate amount of time blocked off for each room.
Once you’ve made a list of all the rooms in your house, block out a specific date and time you’ll be going through and decluttering them. When planning your weekend decluttering session, don’t forget to leave some time for breaks. It also helps to save an extra hour or so at the end of the weekend to tie up loose ends.
This is the second section of the free decluttering planner. Make a list of the date and time you’ll be decluttering each room.
3. Gather your supplies.
To ensure your decluttering is successful, make sure you have a few trash bags and empty boxes nearby to fill up with things you’re getting rid of. I also recommend a timer of some sort. This can be a kitchen timer or even an app on your phone to keep track of when it’s time to move on to the next room. And, although it’s not necessary, putting on your favorite upbeat tunes while you’re decluttering can make the day seem less tedious and even a little fun!
4. Set your timer!
When the time comes to actually start decluttering, begin by setting a timer when you enter each room for the amount of time you set aside for that room. Make sure when the timer is up, you move on to the next room.
5. Choose what stays and what goes.
Go through everything in the room and decide whether it stays or goes. Ask yourself these questions:
*Will I actually use this item in the near future?
*Does this item hold significant value to me, or have I just been holding onto it for no reason?
*Is this item in usable condition, or is it broken and worn beyond repair?
*Do I have the right amount of this item, or are there duplicates and more than I’ll ever use?
Put everything you’re getting rid of in a separate discard pile. Don’t waste time debating about it, just make a decision and move on. If you find yourself really stuck on an item and can’t decide whether or not to keep it, put it aside in a separate pile and keep going. When you’re finished going through all the rooms, you can go back and spend some time with your indecision pile. (Just make sure everything doesn’t end up in this pile!)
6. Sort your discard pile into: trash/recycle, sell, and donate.
Every item in the discard pile should be sorted into trash/recycle, sell, and donate piles. Then when you’re finished decluttering, make sure you actually get rid of the things you planned on getting rid of so they don’t end up back in your home. Throw away/recycle the things in your toss pile. Make a trip to a local charity or thrift store for the things you’re donating. Plan a yardsale or post the items you’re selling online. Don’t put this off, or you’ll find things might migrate from the discard pile back into the home.
You’ll find a space to write where you want to sell and donate your items in the third section of the free decluttering planner. It helps to figure out where you’ll be donating your items beforehand so you’re not sitting around looking at piles of stuff for weeks on end. You might want to do some research to see what items different charities accept. Some will even come pick up the stuff from your home, so you don’t need to make a trip!
7. Celebrate your decluttered home!
Now that the hard work is over, take a minute to sit back and celebrate your accomplishment! A good home decluttering is good for the soul! Take some time to enjoy your favorite treat, and invite some friends over to relax and admire your freshly decluttered home. Who knows, they might even be interested in some of the things you’re getting rid of. That’s a win-win situation!
8. Keep your home decluttered!
Once your home is wonderfully decluttered, don’t undo all your hard work by bringing more stuff into it! Follow the golden rule: only bring things into your home that you actually need and will use. This will save you a lot of time, money, and frustration! If you find you’re still bringing a lot of things into the home, for every item that comes into the house, try to get rid of one item so you don’t end up with a lot of clutter all over again.
No-brainer things to get rid of
Everything in your home should serve a purpose. If it’s no longer usable, there’s no point in keeping it in your house. Some things to get rid of include unused/worn/broken/expired:
- Toiletries & medications
- Kitchen appliances & gadgets
- Utensils & dishware
- DVDs & games
- Random clutter & accessories
Getting the Family on Board
Ok, let’s be real here for a second. Decluttering is hard. Getting rid of belongings can be difficult. You never know when you might find a need for the thing you’re getting rid of again. Suddenly everything has a memory or emotion attached to it, so you just can’t part with it.
I know how that goes! The second I mention the word “decluttering,” my husband forms an emotional attachment to anything and everything within a one-mile radius, including the raggedy socks with holes in them in his dresser. It can be hard to get your family to cooperate when it means they might have to part with their belongings. These ideas might make it easier to declutter with kids (and husbands, who are basically like grown kids, amiright?)! 😉
- Make a game of it. Create a competition, and give a reward to the person who can get rid of the most belongings. This is a fun way to stir up some friendly competition and get the decluttering done in record time!
- Create a reward for everyone to work towards. Ideally, this should be something non-material so you’re not bringing more things into your freshly decluttered house. Once the decluttering is finished, maybe a family ice cream and bowling night, or a trip to a favorite amusement park is in your future?
- Give family members a “veto” box. Give everyone their own small veto box, and if there is something you want to get rid of that they absolutely cannot live without, it goes in the veto box and it gets to stay, no questions asked. But once the box is full, that’s it!
- Send your family outside the house. Sometimes it’s easier to declutter without family members hoovering over your shoulder and analyzing everything you touch. Sending the family out of the house on a day trip will allow you to declutter in peace and quiet!
So what do you think? Are you ready to give your home the decluttering it deserves? Trust me when I say you’ll be glad you did. Less belongings mean less things to clean, organize, and put away all of the time. I don’t know about you, but that is a huge win in my book! I think you’ll discover that you won’t even miss the things you end up getting rid of. And who knows, you might even end up making a little money from the belongings you sell!
We have a small house, which means we don’t really have space for things we don’t use on a regular basis, so I give our house a thorough top-to-bottom decluttering about once a year. Keeping a small home decluttered is absolutely essential. Clutter adds up so quickly! And even though my husband won’t admit it, keeping our home decluttered is pretty much how we keep our home looking nice and our sanity intact.
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