How To Start Decluttering Your Home

Decluttering For Moms Made Simple

If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the clutter in your home, you’re in the right place. In today’s post, I’m going to show you step by step how to declutter with just the most basic organizational skills and supplies you already have.

After this quick blog, you will know exactly what you need to create your clutter-free environment that promotes peace of mind and productivity. Even if you're a mom (I have 5 kids, so trust me, I know how to help you!)

If you get stuck or have questions, simply head over to the Motherhood Simplified Group and w will do our best to help you out.

Let’s get started! And if you want to listen in on why you haven't been able to start (or finish decluttering) listen to this!

Step 1: Define Your Goals

Many people struggle with decluttering because they don’t have a clear plan in place. You should always clearly define your decluttering goals so that you can measure your progress. How you set these goals is crucial because it will guide your actions and keep you focused.

To make this step go as smoothly as possible, make sure you set specific and achievable goals. Here are some tips:

  • Tip #1: Start small and prioritize areas that bother you the most.
  • Tip #2: Break down larger goals into manageable tasks.
  • Tip #3: Set deadlines to maintain momentum.

Step 2: Know Your Space

Another critical step to effective decluttering is understanding your space. This step is important because it helps you optimize your environment and make decisions about what to keep and what to discard.

Before I realized how important this step was, I made the mistake of randomly decluttering without a plan. This led me to decluttering the wrong things, in the wrong order and worse… made it so I was just working in circles. So discouraging to waste my time like that!

Once I started assessing each room and identifying problem areas, I was able to declutter more effectively.

To get started, take a walkthrough of your home and identify clutter hotspots. For example, your entryway may accumulate shoes and coats, or your kitchen counters may gather papers and utensils.

Step 3: Take Stock of Your Possessions

The next step is to take stock of what you already have and decide what to keep, donate, or discard. This process involves sorting through your belongings and organizing them in a way that makes sense for your space.

To get started, you can begin with a smaller area like a drawer or closet. For example, tackle your clothes closet by sorting items into piles of keep, donate, or discard. This way, you don't have to start from scratch and can focus on other aspects of your decluttering journey.

Step 4: Implement Decluttering Strategies

A great thing about decluttering is that there are many different approaches you can take. Start with one or two strategies that resonate with you, such as the KonMari method or the 20/10 rule (20 minutes of decluttering followed by a 10-minute break).

For me, focusing on one area at a time and setting a timer helped me stay focused and motivated. I also found that involving my family in the process made it more manageable and enjoyable.

Step 5: Create a Maintenance Plan

Once you've decluttered your space, it’s important to create a maintenance plan to prevent clutter from building up again. This step is often overlooked but crucial for long-term success.

I recommend establishing daily habits such as putting things back in their place, sorting mail immediately, and doing a weekly decluttering sweep. By staying consistent with your efforts, you’ll be able to maintain a clutter-free environment effortlessly.

Step 6: Define Your Storage Solutions

Now that you’ve decluttered and organized your space, it’s time to optimize your storage solutions. This step involves finding functional containers, bins, and shelves to keep your belongings neatly organized.

Consider using clear storage bins for easy identification, utilizing vertical space with shelving units, and investing in multi-purpose furniture with built-in storage. This way, everything has a designated place, and you can easily access what you need without creating clutter.

Step 7: Measure and Optimize

Lastly, measure your progress and optimize your decluttering efforts as needed. Reflect on what has worked well for you and what areas may still need attention. By continuously refining your approach, you’ll maintain a clutter-free home that enhances your overall well-being.

Wrapping it Up

If you follow these steps and stay consistent with your decluttering efforts, you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a clutter-free environment that promotes peace and productivity.

Now, I know, this blog is pretty cut and dry, and doesn't account for all the things you have going on as a mom. That's why I created the free training below – how to do this as a mom. Make sure to sign up! It's free and time well-spent because it will give HUNDREDS of hours back if you follow these steps. I decluttered in 2013 and have spent the last decade having so much freedom in my days!

Over to you! Go get your decluttering on!


Even if you have little time, energy or day to day support