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  • Writer's pictureHeatherAnne Norbury

How to Declutter When You Don't Have Much Time

Updated: Jan 24

Decluttering your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. You can make progress without the overwhelm by breaking it down into short sessions.

Here are a few tips for decluttering in short bursts:

Choose a specific area to declutter. Don't try to declutter your entire home in one go (don’t try to do this even if you have TONS of time). Start with a small area, like a drawer or a closet.

Set a timer. Work for 10-15 minutes at a time, and then take a break. This will help you to stay focused and avoid getting sidetracked.

Go through each item and ask yourself if you need it. If you don't need or love it, get rid of it.

Side note: What if you’re unsure? Set it aside in a special spot for things you aren’t sure about. DON’T put it back in the space you are decluttering. Make time later to review the items in that spot. You could even use a Post-It with the date you put the item in the box. If you haven’t used it in a few months, chances are that you aren’t going to use it in the next few months. Get rid of it!

Reward yourself for your progress. When you finish a small area, give yourself a small reward! (It would be best if it's not something that will result in more clutter). This will help you to stay motivated.

Decluttering in short bursts helps you make progress without feeling overwhelmed. You can declutter and create a more organized and peaceful space without spending hours and hours of time.

Here are a few more tips for getting big results from short decluttering sessions:

Focus on one category of items at a time. This will help you to stay focused and avoid getting sidetracked.

Set a goal for each session. For example, you might decide to declutter one drawer or one shelf each time you declutter.

Make it a habit. Schedule regular decluttering sessions into your week. This will help you to stay on track and make progress over time.

Declutter with a friend or family member. Decluttering can be more fun and motivating when you do it with someone else.

Listen to music or podcasts while you declutter. This will help you to stay focused and make the time go by faster.

Decluttering is a process, not an event. It takes time and effort to declutter your home, but it is worth it. By following these tips, you can make big progress from regular short decluttering sessions.

I'd love for you to be part of the Decluttering Community, a private Facebook group I host. The group is for anyone looking for motivation and guidance to reduce the clutter in their homes. You will find friendly support and advice from me and from others who are on the same journey.

Remember, small, consistent actions add up to big changes. Declutter your life today!

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