10 Ideas To Help You Declutter In Just A Few Minutes

10 Ideas To Help You Declutter In Just A Few Minutes

There are only 24 hours in the day. Take out time for sleeping and the other necessities of life–what’s left over for decluttering? It doesn’t seem like much.

But, if you re-frame how you think about decluttering, you’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish. Instead of looking for big chunks of time, identify the small pockets you have throughout the day. By using those small pockets throughout your day and week, you can chip away at the clutter and create a more organized and peaceful environment. Sure, you’ll probably need to eventually find a bit more time to work on certain areas (believe it or not, one to two hours may be all you need if you keep chipping away at clutter).

Strategies To Maximize Decluttering Time


Morning Routine

Hit the snooze button one less time, and start your day with 10 minutes of decluttering. Focus on one small area, such as a countertop, a nightstand, or a kitchen drawer. Set a timer and commit to decluttering for 8 minutes. Spend the next couple minutes throwing away/putting away the items you’ve removed. Didn’t finish decluttering the area? That’s OK—you can do more tomorrow.

Decluttering your bathroom countertop or a drawer are great options while your shower heats up. It’s only a couple minutes but it’s a great time to weed out expired and duplicate products or those that you aren’t going to use anymore.

Hand on an old-fashioned alarm clock pushing the snooze button

Lunch Break

Instead of scrolling through social media during your lunch break, use this time to declutter your workspace or purse. Clear out any old papers, receipts, or items you no longer need.

Wash your lunch dishes so you don’t have to do it later.

Waiting Time

Whether you’re waiting at the doctor’s office or sitting in the carpool line, this is the perfect opportunity to declutter. Keep a small decluttering kit in your bag or car with items like a trash bag, donation box, and cleaning wipes. Use this time to tackle small tasks, such as decluttering your glove compartment or organizing your purse.

Tackle digital clutter. Sort through emails, delete unnecessary files, or organize your smartphone apps.

Yellow note pad with to-do list on it

Update your grocery and to-do lists, think about what to buy as gifts for upcoming birthdays and events, or begin writing a ‘thinking of you’ email to someone you’ve been meaning to contact for a while. Thinking ahead puts you ahead!

Evening Wind Down

Before bed, spend 10-15 minutes decluttering your living room or bedroom. Put away items that have accumulated throughout the day. Waking up to clutter-free spaces starts the next day right.

Mindful Multi-tasking

Declutter while completing other tasks. For example, while cooking dinner, take a few minutes to declutter your kitchen cabinets, pantry, or junk drawer. While watching TV, use commercial breaks to tidy up the living room or to fold laundry.

Declutter as you go. Every time you walk through a room, pick up one thing and move it to the right place which may be the trash can, another room, or your donation box.

Finding time to declutter doesn’t have to mean sacrificing hours of your day. When you take advantage of small pockets of time throughout your daily routine, you’ll make steady progress toward a clutter-free home. Consistency is key, so aim to incorporate decluttering into your daily habits and routines.

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