Friends have suddenly announced they’re coming to stay for the weekend. Panic sets in, and you wonder how fast you can whip your place into shape.
Find out what will influence your success and the 5 steps that might get you there.
Can You Declutter Your Home Quickly?
The short answer to if you can declutter your home quickly is… maybe.
But, it’s going to depend on a lot of factors, such as:
- How big is your home? Is it a small apartment or a four-bedroom house?
- Are you working alone, or do you have extra pairs of hands to help?
- How much clutter is there? Do you clean out closets regularly, or have you left everything for years?
- What does “quickly” mean to you? Are you talking about a day, a weekend, or over a couple of weeks?
- What does “declutter” mean for your purposes? Do you want a quick tidy or a complete gutting out of the place?
All these factors are going to play into whether you can declutter your home quickly. You’ll need to spend some time thinking about what you want to accomplish and what the time frame is for the job.
After you’ve decided what you’re trying to accomplish, put a plan in place that is prioritized, so you can work step-by-step to reach your goals.
If you’re setting the foundation to start a minimalist lifestyle, approach it with the view that you want to keep it this way. It’ll be essential that you don’t fill the hard-earned space with more possessions later.
So next, let’s look at 5 steps to help you get your home decluttered quickly.
5 Steps to Declutter Your Home Quickly
If your aim is to declutter your home as fast as possible to make it presentable, pause for a moment, and do a reality check.
It probably took years to accumulate the things in your home, so it’s best to allow yourself the time to clear it out.
However, if you have an urgent reason to get it done as quickly as possible, use the following 5 steps to help you declutter your home in the shortest time.
1. Clear One Room at a Time
To avoid getting overwhelmed if the job seems too big, work on one room at a time. When it’s finished, move on to the next room. But only when it’s finished.
Make your best effort not to get distracted by something in another part of the house.
If you take something out of a room that belongs somewhere else, stack it near that room until you finish. Don’t walk away; you may not return.
2. Start with the Obvious Trash
An easy way to get motivated is to take all the obvious trash out of a room first. Go in with a trash bag or bin and toss everything that belongs in the garbage.
This will include all the surface litter, such as food wrappers, wastebaskets, paper waste, and so on. Bin it and place it outside the door to take away later.
3. Take Out Everything that Doesn’t Belong
After you’ve removed the trash, take out everything that doesn’t belong in the room. It could include things like towels in the bedroom, dishes in the living room, or jackets on the kitchen chairs.
However, as stated above, don’t go to the rooms they belong in. Lay them outside the door of the room you’re working on until you finish. Then take them to their proper place.
Going from room to room too much gets distracting and confusing.
4. Do Major Sorting Jobs Later (If You’re Pressed for Time)
In the process of organizing each room, you’re going to run into sorting jobs that take more time. These are things like drawers and closets, the medicine cabinet, or bookshelves.
And, depending on what your goals are (or who’s showing up), you may be able to leave certain rooms or areas of the home until later, too. For example, if guests won’t be going into the attic, it can wait.
If your aim is to get things in decent shape as quickly as possible in the whole home, leave some of these tasks until you have more time.
To make sure you don’t forget these jobs, make a list of them, and stick it where you can see it, like on the fridge door.
But, keep in mind that cleaning out closets, drawers, and the garage is really the meat of decluttering. So, without taking care of these necessary tasks at some point, you’re just scratching the surface of what needs to get done.
5. Clean the Room
After you’ve removed the trash, stray items, and decided what can wait, give the room a good cleaning. Again, depending on your timeframe, you might leave some deeper cleaning jobs until another day.
If getting the decluttering done fast is the top priority, decide which things need to be cleaned now and which can wait.
Floors and furniture surfaces are usually a priority while jobs like taking down the light fixtures to clean can them can probably go on the “to do later” list.
Is It Truly Decluttering? (2 Important Points)
One point made throughout this post is that you must decide what your needs are and how fast you need the job done.
And, the other point is that if you’re looking at an urgent rush job, it isn’t decluttering in the truest sense of the word. What you’re really doing is surface cleaning to reach a goal for a special occasion.
To do a thorough decluttering of your home, you’ll need to create a plan with enough time to do a proper job. And, with the view to keeping it that way.
In the meantime, if you have an emergency, take time to work out what your goals are and use these 5 steps to declutter your home quickly, getting it where you need it to be.