Declutter Your Home In 30 Days

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Declutter Your Home In 30 Days

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You’ve seen this ‘decluttering’ term so many times, which brings the idea of being minimalist and owning only the absolute need.

There’s a huge misconception where many people think:

Owning less = boring home

When what we’re really trying to say is:

 Owning less = Cleaner home = Happy you = Healthier you

And this has nothing to do with interior designing style or lifestyle! The hard fact is, subconsciously, we know that there might be a potential feeling of regret that will come when letting go of our materials – which brings us not to start decluttering at all (guilty).

The simplicity of having less to clean and organise would mean less stress on you and anyone living with you. Listen to this: declutter because you deserve a better quality of life.

A home should be a place of your rest and comfort.

Drive your motivation towards the idea of more peace at home. Enjoying the process is a must! Decluttering your home in 30 days IS possible, if you put your heart to it.

 

WHERE ARE MY CLUTTER HOTSPOTS

When we have stayed at a place for very long, we get comfortable. It’s normal. It’s weirder if I hear someone saying they feel awkward in their own home.

What we don’t realise? We got comfortable with the mess we have compiled throughout the years as well.

Bring a pen, paper and your phone with you and stand outside your home. Erase your familiarity as the owner. Come in as if you are visiting your home for the first time ever.

What would your first thoughts be when you first enter someone else’s home? You would wonder:

  1. How does his home look like
  2. How clean is his home

Start taking notes of the clutter hotspots – the location and the things that are causing the clutter. And start snapping pictures of them. This is to prepare you for your 30 days decluttering journey.

The flat surfaces, like your coffee table or kitchen countertop are guilty clutter magnets. Note that down. Be critical and rank the clutters in the hotspots. Which places would need more time to declutter? Prioritise based on your own ranking.

 

GOAL SETTING & THE 4 BOX SORTING METHOD

Prior to your decluttering journey, get 4 large boxes or bins prepared:


Setting yourself a 30 day completion deadline means you have to have the discipline to work on it. Every. Single. Day. You’ve already highlighted your clutter hotspots to work on. Begin day 1 with what you have already prioritised to focus on first.

Remember, you have to be willing to do it. For me, I actually schedule it to my calendar along with the number of hours I have to commit every single day. Everyone has different commitments. Be reasonable with your goals!

Along the way, either of these 2 questions must stick to your mind like a chanted mantra.

  • When was the last time I wore/used this?
  • Does this thing belong here?

 

CLUTTER HOTSPOT 1 – THE BEDROOM

I started off with my bedroom because my biggest nightmare, which also happens to store my favourite clothes, is my closet. Here a tip, begin from the bottom, then move upwards.

Use boxes to organise your things. Repurpose back, cut out your cereal boxes, shoebox or any delivery boxes and use them as storage boxes. Each box should have its own purpose like your socks, shoes, belts and label them if you’d like.


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You might feel pained to let go of the clothes that you bought with your hard earned money but when you realised you only wore it 5 times a year (or less), let it go. Only one possible bin to dump in – the sell/donate bin.

Organise your seasonal clothes together in another box and label it. Only keep the frequently used clothes hanged and within sight.

About the dressing table, besides the essentials, it’s best to keep to just a maximum of 5 things on top. Nothing else.

CLUTTER HOTSPOT 2 – THE KITCHEN

Get rid of the old newspapers, magazines, letters piled on what it seemed was your countertop.

If you are one to refer to your cookbooks often, organise them neatly by having its own rack where you can drill on the side on a cabinet. Do you need all 15 cookbooks in the kitchen? No, you don’t. Leave the rest in the bookshelf. Keep just a couple of them in the kitchen.

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Clutters in the kitchen are mainly a numbers game. The plastic containers. Your pots and pans. Fridge magnets. Small appliances. Can you bring the number down to the absolute necessary?

Only the most frequently used appliances get to stay on top. The rest of them should ne stored away neatly in the cabinets. My most frequent ones are:

  • Coffee machine and its grinder (I can’t start my day without coffee)
  • Mini toaster
  • Electric kettle

This is a good time to find out if the appliances you have are still in good working conditions too! Same rules apply: sell or donate if you don’t really use it. That space you have can be better used.

 

CLUTTER HOTSPOT 3 – HOME OFFICE

Keeping this place neat is essential to maintain your productivity level, especially for those of us who are working more from home these days. The problem people have in their home office is a battle with papers that began with poor or no filing system in place.

Arrange the papers, sort them accordingly to ‘file’, ’to do’ and ‘trash’. Make it a point to look into these files at the end of every week. Keep the ‘trash’ pile empty and the other two minimally little.

You will need to invest in files, filing boxes or drawers in order to prevent another paper clutter from appearing again.

Some business owners keep filing papers for documentation purposes. File them up nearly and relocate them to your store room or your garage. You need to keep them but not access them everyday so you don’t actually need them hanging around in your office.

Between table top organisers versus drawers, I would recommend the drawer because once again, we want to keep our laptop or computer area as clean and minimal as possible. If you still prefer a table top organiser, I suggest you find one that does not take up too much space!

Wrapping those cords and wires neatly helps to keep the place clean as well.

See the difference after you make the changes and I can assure you, you’ll be able to focus so much better at work.

 

CLUTTER HOTSPOT 4 – THE GARAGE

They say the bigger your space, the bigger the mess. Unfortunately, the garage will usually take the biggest hit of a mess. If you have a garage, this will most probably take the most time to declutter, so we have to thread along smarter to avoid the feeling of dread. 

 

DIVIDE & CONQUER

One zone at a time, fill the trash bins first. Get rid of the things you don’t need, chanting the two mantras consistently. If you don’t use them often and the garage is the only place for you to store this, the only option left is to let go!

Once you have made sure whatever that stayed are what you would still use, it is time to really organise them. Arrange like things together, get the christmas decorations in another box, pack them in bins and boxes with proper labelling and shelvings.

 

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THE ONE IN, ONE OUT RULE

When you first take the pictures of the clutter around your home, you can probably know how much time you need and what organising boxes and bins to make or get. Time your daily activities for decluttering well. I would really push you to take pictures of your every progress! Recognise your own efforts, celebrate the small wins in between.

You are your own biggest motivator!

Your next challenge is to maintain cleanliness and the state of your newly decluttered home. Prevention is better than cure (plus you know how tiring this kind of cure is). Keep in mind to have a one in, one out rule.

Cluttering problems can be avoided if we ask ourselves if our home has the capacity to keep it. If you want to buy something new, it’s either because it’s something you don’t have yet or the old one has served its purposes.

Do not think of it as restricting your wants! Rather, it’s because you want to hold the fort of peace in your home. Which will you choose?

Sam

16 thoughts on Declutter Your Home In 30 Days

  1. I’m a massive on decluttering your home/space. Few years ago I came across Marie Condo and I followed her method.

    Your article is refreshing my ideas.

    Thanks
    Rani

    • Hi Rani,

      That’s great! Some of her methods work for me as well! Glad you found the article useful. Do enjoy the process of decluttering!

      Cheers,
      Sam

  2. Hi and thanks for a very straightforward guide to decluttering a home. If I might make one observation, you assume this is a single person who can make decisions over what stays and what goes where and what goes. Where there are two people involved things are not as simple. I also think that in relationships we sometimes have a tendency to polarize behaviors – so if one is a passionate declutterer then the other is more easily drawn toward being a clutterer. In our household I am the clutterer. This is not to say that I don’t get into a good decluttering action every now and then, but self-knowledge is a good thing.
    Thanks for a very useful piece. I am sure I will find the inspiration one of these days.
    Best regards
    Andy

    • Hi Andy!

      I tend to clutter things in my room too, when I find myself too busy catching deadlines. I totally understand.

      I think in terms of a home, or a shared space, there’s a set of ground rules that a couple would have to agree upon because it’s no longer a single representation! This is when goal setting comes in play actually, where you and your partner can plan, discuss and make a unified decision on what goes where and how to make the space less cluttered, moving forward!

      Glad you found the article useful.

      Cheers.
      Sam

  3. I can relate to you as this is also my personal challenge. But instead of used clothes and other personal belongings, my clutter mostly is books and papers. So, applying your suggestion of making segregation of stuff, I think most will fall in the category of “re-using” as I don’t wanna sell them, I have not finished reading most of the books that I have here!

    But this helps. At least, for awareness sake. I have become aware that I am no longer getting organized. I must put books on their proper shelves, and get rid of the clutter. As the saying goes, “Cleanliness and orderliness are next to godliness.” I admit it is still a long way for me to achieve such kind of orderliness you’ve modeled through those pictures, but I am taking this challenge. I can do that, too. Thanks!

    • Hi there! 

      Totally understand. I’m a reader myself and would prefer the physical book rather than e-books so I used to have loads of them before I choose to give them away, keeping my favourite ones only. The one in, one out rule applied on the books helped for me too! 

      I’m sure you definitely can. You’ll feel so much better too. Good luck with that! Appreciate your kind comment.

      Cheers,

      Sam

  4. Thanks for sharing your review on  declutter, some people of my kind or class who spend a lot of time out of our houses really don’t take time to check out what we need and don’t. Your post or review as brought an eye opener to me the points mentioned are important and educative. Will try my best to invest on it

    • Hi!

      That’s very true and the case for many, including myself. But I realised I needed to clock some hours for my home as well too. Hope you’ll find the balance and enjoy the process of decluttering!

      Cheers.

      Sam

  5. Hey nice article you have there, your thoughts are indeed invaluable. Thanks for sharing such a timely information with the public. I have been looking for alternative ways to have a well arranged apartment. Having gone through  the various clutter highlighted in this article, I have gotten a perfect choice. I found the clutter hotspot 4 more useful due to its multifunctional usage

    • Hi !

      That’s great! For me, it was kinda scary to see my clutter hotspots because it made me realise how I have neglected my own home.

      It takes some effort, but I hope you’ll enjoy the process and I’m sure you’ll find yourself feeling so much lighter with a well arranged apartment!!

      Appreciate your kind comment, glad I could share them as well.

      Cheers.

      Sam

  6. Hi Sam,

    I have a simpler way to declutter my place. The things you don’t use for one month which normally means you don’t need them. By this rule, to clean your place becomes so easy that you won’t hesitate between what to stay and what to throw away. But, we need to think about the reasons why we purchase in the first place. For example, some useful tips are:

    -Maybe you don’t need them, just want them, so you will put those back to the product shelves.
    -Try to rent them if you can find online to avoid buying them

    I hope my suggestions can help people, and thanks for sharing.
    Matt

    • Hi Matt,

      Ah that’s great. Similar for me too. I guess my writing was to cater more to audience who have already cluttered plenty throughout the years!

      Needs versus wants. Totally agree with your tips, thanks for sharing them as well.

      Cheers,
      Sam

  7. Hello, thank you for your post! Because I’m the worst declutter my place. I have no ideas mostly how to replace or deco in new style. Perhaps I don’t want to waste anything, but i know I need to do it and keep my place clean. such good ideas on your post and I really like it!

    Ling

    • Hi Ling!

      Thank you for your kind comment and honesty! Hahaha. Yes when you value your things, it happens. I understand that all too well.

      Glad I could, now’s the crunch time of doing it. Have fun with the process!

      Cheers.
      Sam

  8. I can relate, I have a room outside my kitchen door with its own bathroom and room this used to be my office. It has a small window and during winter it is freezing cold. I decided to move my office back into the main house. Now… everyone has just decided to throw their clutter inside this room. My kids especially since lockdown my daughter finds herself “getting rid of clutter” ….to my surprise it’s all in my “old office” now I have to go through it all again. Your ideas have helped me plan my next clean up.

    • Hi Kay,

      The flat tops like the table are super clutter magnets, I can imagine that! So it’s just a transfer of clutter I see. Hahaha I’m sure you’ll be able to do a fine job in decluttering and use your office well.

      Glad it has inspired you a bit! Have fun with the cleanup. 😉

      Cheers.
      SAM

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