Decluttering tips – 30 ways to tidy and organize your home (2023)

Decluttering is a job that should be done regularly – but of course, most of us don't have the time to rationalize and reorganize our drawers, cluttered corners, over-stuffed rooms that often. In fact, for many of us, it's a once-a-year, post-Christmas event.

Decluttering a whole house so you can implement your home organizing ideas can seem an incredibly overwhelming task, but if you approach it a little at a time and bit-by-bit, and invest in some excellent storage ideas, it immediately becomes more manageable.

Here, we bring you a range of room-by-room decluttering tips from experts in the field.

Decluttering tips

Decluttering isn't just about clearing your home of clutter, period. For many of us, decluttering can have a positive impact on mental health. A recent survey of homeowners showed that44% of usexperience ‘mess-stress’ at least weekly and 72% of ‘naturally tidy’ people have experienced stress from an untidy home over the pandemic*. Furthermore, a cluttered house will make your house look cheap.

This is where our decluttering tips come in. Before you start decluttering, get yourself set.

1. Allocate decluttering time

'Start off by allocating some time each day that works within your daily schedule, it could be five, 10 or 30 minutes. I find setting a timer and putting my phone down helps keep distractions at bay and allows me to work through the area swiftly,' advises organizing guru Nicola Lewis of This Girl Can Organise (opens in new tab).

'Establish a plan that you will stick to,' say the interiors experts at WeThrift. 'Sit down and have a good think about how you are going to tackle your home organization; think about the day and time you would like to get this done. It would also be ideal to add some achievable and realistic goals – it can be as simple as scheduling 20-30 minutes to clear out a single drawer.

'This is a very productive start to a decluttered home and can help combat procrastination.'

2. Nominate 5 critical areas to declutter

It may be that you don't need to declutter your entire house – or that the thought is overwhelming. In which case, create a critical clutter list to tackle.

'Choose five areas in your home that you want to review,' says Nicola Lewis. Still overwhelmed? Start with just one.

'We recommend starting by dividing clutter into priority categories,' say the experts at WeThrift. 'For example you could start with the bathroom cupboards or your bedroom drawers. Start small and build your way up.

'Once you have created and established this plan, stick to it. It might be tempting to go to another room and start decluttering elsewhere but avoid this as it can decrease your chances of actually getting the job done.'

3. Make a list – and take before and after photos

'Decluttering and organizing can seem overwhelming at first but the good news is, the more you do it, the easier it gets,' advises Kathryn Lord a Home Organiser from More To Organising (opens in new tab)

'Start by writing a list of the rooms and prioritize the ones you use the most or that cause you the most difficulties. Then within that room, do the same.

'Decluttering is a marathon and not a sprint. It’s easier to break it down into chunks and do little and often rather than try to do everything and lose motivation part way through.

'It is going to look worse before it gets better but if you do before and after photos, you will be able to see the amazing progress you have made.'

4. Decluttering phobia? Ask for help

'Setting yourself the task to declutter your home can be very difficult if organizing is new to you. Find comfort in knowing you can confide in close family and friends to help you to complete this,' advise the interiors experts at WeThrift.

'This decluttering tip can be very helpful since your friends won’t have the same attachment to items like you do, it might help you detach yourself from those said items which will ultimately speed up the process to a clutter free home.'

5. Get donation, recycle, rubbish or 'sell' bags ready

Once you’ve determined the items that no longer serve you, remove them and place them into a donation, upcycle, mend, or sell bags.

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'It’s important to ensure your donation bag leaves the house,', says Nicola Lewis, while interior specialists at WeThrift (opens in new tab) say, 'You can sell unwanted items online, donate them to those in need, upcycle or mend older pieces to make them current and on trend, or recycle your items responsibly.'

'One thing I always do before I start is make sure Ihave three bags ready: Donate, Recycle and Rubbish,' says KateIbbotson,founder ofdecluttering and organizing serviceA Tidy Mind (opens in new tab). 'I always tell my clients not to have a "maybe" bag instead have an "Action Box" for items that need mending, returning, etc, and a "Memory Box" for anything with a sentimental value.

'Move your decluttered items out of the area and place them in a car (if possible) or at least by the front door. You should aim to donate/recycle/tip your decluttered items as soon as possible,' she continues.

6. Avoid the decluttering to sell cycle?

'It’s perfectly understandable to want to sellsecond handitems if they promise a good return,' remarks Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind. 'But, be honest about the time it takes to do so and whether you are willing and able to invest the energy. Don’t be one of those people who has bags hanging around for months (or years) containing items which they intend to sell.'

7. Set the scene with music

Before your start, Nicola Lewis recommends you put on some music or play a podcast for motivation and feel good vibes: 'This will take you to your happy place and will make the task more enjoyable.'

8. Shop for storage to neatly organize what you keep

Storage to organize what you keep really varies depending on your needs – and it might be that you don't quite know what you need – from Mason jars to vacuum storage bags – until the decluttering is done. And that's okay – the decluttering is the important part; after it's done, you can assess closet-by-closet, room by room, the storage buys you need to put everything away neatly and in the right place.

9. Find new places for better storage at home

Decluttering isn't just about throwing items away – it's about looking for opportunities to organize and store away everything you want to keep. So ask yourself, is the storage in my home maximized?

The answer to this question might range from rethinking the fittings in a walk-in closet so that it's more efficient and can fit more in, or it may be that you need to utilize areas, such as under a bed, that haven't been used before. Either way, you will certainly need to look for clever storage buys to keep the clutter neat.

The best storage is arranged in subject groups – all out-of-season clothes in one place, for example – and is easily identifiable: labelled or see-through for quick identification. Space-saving options are a must – stackable boxes, vacuum-pack bags, furniture that doubles up as storage, such as an ottoman with lift-up lid. Bear in mind that lids or covers offer better protection from dust, dirt and bugs than open storage, too.

'When space is tight, it’s important to be clever with your storage. Thinking vertically and using space you wouldn’t usually think of, such as somewall-mountedorover-doorstorage, frees up space on shelves and in cupboards,' advises Simon Glanville, managing director of A Place for Everything (opens in new tab).

'Messy wardrobes are a common space waster. Using amodular systemthat fits the size and shape of your room can help make the most of available space and avoid clutter.'

Another way to approach decluttering via storage is to think big picture.

'Decluttering a cramped room will make it appear larger and free up the floor area. The right choice of storage is key – opt for an open shelving unit with a minimalist frame, which keeps the wall space visible and adds to a tidy, uninterrupted scheme,' advises Victoria Atkin of Atkin and Thyme (opens in new tab).

'Choose a larger unit than you think you might need, and place accessories sparingly to maintain a flowing display that draws, but doesn’t pause, the eye. For maximum effect, pick a unit crafted from light, organic materials like natural wood to create a clean, nature-inspired feel that will instantly uplift a tired space.'

10. Take note from Marie Kondo: does it 'spark joy'?

Marie Kondo (opens in new tab), the worldwide decluttering maestro, teaches that, though it's hard to part with items we've owned for a long time, working out whether they spark joy can make it easier to let them go.

To do this, ask yourself: why did I keep this in the first place?; does it have sentimental value?; do I use it and will I ever use it again? 'Asking these key questions and being honest with yourself can help you make the choice to keep or let go,' say the experts at Packmate (opens in new tab).

However, inevitably, there will be items that you still find hard to let go of. Ms Kondo has a solution that doesn't involve you throwing it away: failing to have a permanent home for your possessions is the most significant (andmost common) problem when it comes to keeping your home tidy. This is primarily because it increases clutter – which in turn harms your cleaning efforts, she told us exclusively.

'The biggest reason why people fall back to clutter is because the items that are used aren't put back in their proper place,' she adds.

'Remember to ask yourself prompts like: Do I use this? Do I own something similar? Is it fit for purpose? Could someone else make better use of it?' says Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind.

11. Make space by decluttering storage areas first

'Attics, basements or hard to reach areas at the top of closets are prime locations to stash something quickly to avoid dealing with it. If you’re serious about clearing your clutter, start with these areas first and then you'll have enough space to store things that youactually need,' suggests Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind.

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12. Think: decluttering in seasons

Much of your decluttering might well be about looking at what hasn't been packed away but is out of season.

'Take your winter or summer duvet for example, over the months it’s not used, it would be a better solution to store this away in a space-saving and practical way,' say the experts at Packmate.

The same goes for out-of-season coats and clothes, shoes and outdoor or sports' wear. Any of these that can be stored neatly away when they're unlikely to be used for weeks or months will help you declutter your home, even without throwing anything else. Or, with little storage space elsewhere in the house, a closet organized by season can mean you spend less time looking for clothes that suit the weather every morning.

That said, as you swap items into storage boxes by season – from summer to winter and back again – you have a great opportunity to sort what you want to keep for the season ahead from what you don't and can pass on.

13. Work decluttering into your daily routine

'Placing bags or baskets around the home is a great tip for those who lead busy lifestyles and struggle to dedicate time each week to decluttering,' say the experts at Packmate. 'Using this method will help you to keep clutter under control and incorporate it into your daily routine.

'We often come across things we no longer love but have no idea where to put them until we have the time to sort through properly. Clothes, DVDs, toys and much more often stay put. Even with the best of intentions, it can take months to get around to it.

'Simply placing a bag inside your wardrobe to store clothes you don’t wear anymore will keep your hanging space clear, which will make it easier to choose an outfit.'

Use this idea around the house. Once the bags are full it is time to donate or sell them.

14. Invest in good-looking 'clutter' baskets

If the donation-bag-in-closet idea appeals but you want something more permanent and aesthetically pleasing, think: baskets.

'Baskets are perfect for hallway storage of items like hats, gloves, scarves – they’re probably the only ‘breathable’ type of box storage so useful to get the air flowing,' says Craig Sammells of storage specialists Orthex (opens in new tab).

'They’re really handy too for items you want to grab as you’re going out of the door, like tissues, sunglasses or wipes. Look for baskets with lids as they’re great for stacking and also those that come with reusable labels – they take the guesswork out of reaching for items when you’re in a rush.

'Think about having a labelled basket for each member of the family, particularly the kids, then they can find their own hats and mittens! If they’re too young to read, you could use their favorite stickers to mark their label or mark with a color.

'Search for baskets that have smooth interior walls – this will help ensure your delicate hats and scarves don’t get snagged when you remove them.'

15. Divide belongings by category before room

'When decluttering, a good piece of advice is to divide your belongings by category, not by room. This would be really helpful when you have all your books, for example, in one place and have the option to evaluate which to take and which to leave,' says Kate Windleton, relocations manager at Strong Move (opens in new tab).

16. Start by decluttering a single drawer

'Don't try to declutter your whole house in a week – you'll exhaust and overwhelm yourself,' advises KateIbbotsonofA Tidy Mind. 'Declutter in bite-size chunks of between 30 minutes and a couple of hours. Focus on contained spaces such as a drawer, cupboard or shelf.Arm yourself with paper and a pen to make notes of "actions" and designate rubbish, recycling and donation bags.'

17. Have a decluttering area

'The easiest way tostartdeclutteringis to completely empty the space you are decluttering onto a flat surface,' advises Kate Ibbotson. 'This gives you the opportunity to give the area you are decluttering a quick clean before your start.'

18. Declutter the kitchen

'Before you do anything, open up all the cabinets and take a good look,' advises VickySilverthorn, professional organizer from You Need A Vicky (opens in new tab). 'Why? Many people start organizing a kitchen by taking everything out of the cupboards and putting on the countertops. Trust me this will fill the space quicker than you think.

'Instead, take a look at what you have in the cupboards and think to yourself, "Do I really need that serving platter in that space all year round? Or should I put it into home storage and put something more practical there instead for easy access as I use them more frequently?"'

19. Arrange your kitchen like a shop

'Organize yourkitchenlike a shop– rearrange your cabinets so that you have items with the closest use-by date to the front, and push items with longer dates to the back,' says VickySilverthorn, professional organizer. When you do a shop, put the new items at the back. And if you find food that’s about to reach its use-by date that you can’t use, don’t forget to take it to the food bank.'

'With dried foods, I love to have see-through containers as you can easily see what you are running low on,' says Kathryn Lord. 'Always rotate the food within the container so the oldest food gets used up first.'

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20. Declutter kitchen appliances

'Any appliances that you don’t use, either commit to using it or get rid,' says home organizer Kathryn Lord. 'That smoothie maker? When did you last use it? Why not always have a smoothie for breakfast with your children on a Sunday, pull out the recipe books or invent your own?'

21. Declutter kitchen drawers and cabinets

The best way to organize kitchen drawers and organize kitchen cabinets is to empty them onto a clear, flat surface, putting aside items you no longer want. Once you have vacuumed and wiped out the drawers, improve the kitchen storage ideas within them to ensure clutter can't get out of hand again.

'Always use kitchen organizers like a utensil divider for organizing kitchen drawers. There’s nothing worse than opening a drawer to items that don’t have a home,' advises Juliette Thomas, Founder & Director, Juliettes Interiors (opens in new tab). 'Make sure you organize in a way that will have you finding the things you’re looking for instantly – no one has time to go rummaging in drawers. Have separate sections for utensils that cut, cutlery, graters and zesters.

'Keep the top drawers for the items used the most, and lower drawers for items not so often used. Keep items in sectional order, ie, what their use is by department. This way you can easily know where to quickly find what you’re looking for.

'Have a large pan drawer built into your kitchen to organize pots and pans, preferably close to where you’ll be cooking. Ideally you want your kitchen to function as best as possible, so try to organize your cupboards in an efficient way – for example, having glasses near the drinks area and utensils near the stove. Use pan protectors so you can stack your plans neatly without scratching them which will mean you have more space.'

22. Declutter kitchen countertops

If you want to organize kitchen countertops, decluttering first is essential. 'Keep out what you use on a daily basis. Otherwise, put away other items,' says Juliette Thomas. 'Kitchens are at their best when decluttered giving more surface space to use and an overall tidy, contemporary look to show off the kitchen rather than the clutter.Put away spices, coffee/tea and oils, and so on. Completely declutter.

'Keep surfaces tidy! Make sure there’s a home for everything so nothing gets left on the side.'

23. Declutter the pantry

Organizing a pantry, particularly a large one, and especially organizing deep pantry shelves, is the biggest challenge when tackling kitchen decluttering. The solution is good visibility, says Juliette Thomas, which will stop you buying more than you need.

'Label everything! I love to use jars to store large commodities such as pasta and flour. These look great on the shelves and are practical too.Watch out for the expiry dates and declutter the out-of-date items. Don't over stock. Too much is wasted – we only need one of each item or a refill on the way!'

24. Declutter a bedroom by working out what you have

Decluttering first is crucial when you’re organizing a bedroom and whether you’re looking for closet organization ideas or clothes storage ideas. 'A bedroom should be a clean, calm sanctuary-like retreat. If you have a wardrobe that is brimming over, drawers that won’t close for clothes and a bedside creaking under the weight of bedside books, it’s not going to make you feel relaxed or in control,' says Georgia Metcalfe, co-founder and creative director atThe French Bedroom Company (opens in new tab), who has teamed up withfounder of Declutter on Demand (opens in new tab)'s Lizzie Grant.

Start simple, says Georgia: 'Empty your drawers. Easy, just get everything out, without editing.

Next: 'Categorize. Gather similar items together, lingerie, tops, jumpers, etc. This is the point where you realize what you have and how much of it you actually want – edit if you need to.'

Decide what goes where when organizing clothes, comments Lizzie, 'Whether your clothes should be folded or hung will be dictated in part by what kind of storage you have in your bedroom. However, where possible, delicate materials that are prone to wrinkling should be hung. Bulky items like sweaters and jeans might work better folded in an armoire, and you might have enough drawers to allocate one for each of your underwear, socks, and tights, for example.'

25. Use separators to keep bedroom drawers organized

Lizzie says: ‘Bedroom organizers like drawer dividers are the best organizing tool for your bedroom. They are an essential storage product if you have bedroom drawers.'

This equipment will help you maintain your structure and keep you from straying when in a rush to put away the laundry.

Now, make sure to put everything back. If you’ve devised a new system, expect some teething problems as you get used to it as you may forget where things now live, or even find that you need to move things around. Georgia and Lizzie both stress that 'this will be a work in progress but completely worth it as you begin to get the hang of things and restore peace to your bedroom.'

26. Declutter children's bedrooms

'Always start with the eldest sibling's room first, that way, anything (clothes, toys, books) too small or young for them can be labelled in a box ready for the next child to be ready for them,' advises Kathryn Lord from More To Organising astutely.

27. Declutter children's toys

Organizing toys is always a challenge. 'Rotating toys means you have many fewer toys "in action" and you swap them out,' continues Kathryn Lord. 'This means there is less mess to tidy up but also, too many toys cause overwhelm. It’s hard to know what to play with when there is so much choice and when you swap the toys out, they are more excited to play with the new toys.

'For example, when having small world toys, they don’t need the zoo and the farm out at the same time (unless you want to do a sorting activity)

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'I also do this with books. One client texted to say her child has picked up books that he hasn’t for a very long time.

'Checking electronic toys are actually usable makes such a difference to their play. If they do not work, they are taking up valuable space in your home and causing frustration. Storing batteries up high is essential as they are very dangerous when swallowed.'

Good toy storage ideas are vital to keeping decluttered items neat and organized too.

28. Declutter bookshelves

Your once beautiful arranged bookshelf ideas can quickly become overwhelmed and over-stuffed, so it is worth going through them every now and then to discard books you are not going to read again.

Organizing a bookshelf by author or subject can help ensure books stay decluttered and easy to locate, but if you want a decluttered 'look' for them, think color coordinating.

'Color coordinating books makes your place instantly look better,' advises Kathryn Lord, who also goes on to say: 'It helps your child become more independent, too. They know the color of their favorite book and they know where to put it back. As with the toys, rotate them. They don’t all need to be out at once. Even this is just rotating from a high shelf to a low shelf so it’s more accessible for little hands.'

29. Declutter your desk spaces

Organizing a desk for an adult after decluttering ensures they can work efficiently – and feel happy about being at work for long hours. Children's work spaces are no different.

'When your children are doing their homework, to support them to try their best, their desk space needs to be clear from clutter,' advises Kathryn Lord.

'Going through pens can be done together, binning any dried up felt tips. Some pencils need binning if their nib can not be sharpened. Creating a space where they know and can easily find paper and stationery means they can be more successful at their work.'

30. Declutter a bathroom and laundry spaces

Bathrooms get cluttered quickly – half-used shampoo and conditioner, soap dispensers, toothpastes and shower gel, not to mention out-of-date medications, can quickly build up, while old towels tend to languish at the back of a linen cupboard for years. Kathryn Lord suggests these tactics for organizing a bathroom:

'The medicine cupboard always seems overlooked. Checking the dates on these is important. The last thing you want is to have a poorly child and not be able to find the right medicine, or worse, out-of-date medicine that might make your child more ill. It’s best to keep this topped up with all the essentials and go through it every three months. But don’t buy too many of the same thing. After Sun and insect bite cream often expires before it’s fully used.

As for decluttering and organizing a laundry room, Kathryn says:

'This space often gets messy quite quickly because family life is so busy. Having the things you need to hand makes this easier. In the cupboards, store everything so it is visible when you open them. Stain remover is essential with young children's clothes, but if they ever crayon on the walls, toothpaste and elbow grease is the way forward.'

What should you not do when decluttering?

What not to do when decluttering is to begin without a plan – and a realistic vision for what you want to achieve. It's vital to start small in one room and work through that room – or that category, ie, clothes, before you move on. You shouldn't assume that decluttering will be quick – which is why you should attempt small areas at one time; it can take time to declutter properly, and you can only do so properly if you give yourself time.

What else not to do when decluttering? Keep a 'maybe' pile – if you start one of these every time you declutter an area, you will have multiple piles of clutter hanging around. If you find decluttering difficult, don't even think of starting without help – from a friend or professional organizer who can help you be more dispassionate.

How can I stay clutter-free after decluttering?

'Now you’ve removed your home of clutter, you need to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. Take some time to show your family their clutter-free home and set some ground rules for putting stuff away, whether that be with some clutter baskets in each room to sort out on a weekly basis,' advises Chris Wootton,Managing Director ofPoppies (opens in new tab), a domestic cleaning business.

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What is the 80 20 rule for decluttering? ›

Research shows that people use 20% of what they own 80% of the time. The rest takes up space, mostly untouched. Consider the things in your home, the clothes on your body, and even what you take in your luggage on vacation.

What is the 20 20 rule for decluttering? ›

Then we tested our hypothesis: the 20/20 Rule. Anything we get rid of that we truly need, we can replace for less than $20 in less than 20 minutes from our current location. Thus far, this hypothesis has become a theory that has held true 100% of the time.

What should I remove first when decluttering? ›

First, make your bed. It's hard to feel any progress decluttering a bedroom while an unmade bed stares you in the face. Start with your nightstands. Remove anything on them that doesn't belong there, and put it in your put-away bin.

How do I organize my house full of everything? ›

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  3. It's From an Outdated Trend.
  4. It Hasn't Fit in a Year.
  5. You Haven't Worn It in a Year.
  6. It No Longer Fits Your Style.
  7. It's Uncomfortable.
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What should you not do when decluttering? ›

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  3. Hanging On to Donate/Sell Items Too Long. ...
  4. Trying to Organize Before Decluttering. ...
  5. Trying to Declutter Everything All At Once. ...
  6. Getting Wrapped Up In the Sentimental Items.

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  2. Discard larger items next. ...
  3. Donate items instead of selling them. ...
  4. Break your large space into smaller bite-size challenges. ...
  5. Work until your bite-size piece is completed.

What are the 7 steps to declutter your life? ›

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  2. Make your decluttering plan. ...
  3. Do a quick decluttering sweep through your whole house. ...
  4. Clear key surface areas and work on keeping them clear. ...
  5. Declutter somewhere easy. ...
  6. Declutter each area of your home, starting with your highest priority area.
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How do I declutter everything I own? ›

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  2. Give one item away each day. ...
  3. Fill an entire trash bag. ...
  4. Donate clothes you never wear. ...
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  8. Take before and after photos of a small area.
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What should be organized first in a house? ›

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How do I declutter every room in my house? ›

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Should you throw away clothes that are too small? ›

It consumes space, time, and energy. Letting go of clothes that are too small contributes to our well-being, more simplicity, and purpose in our life. The process can be emotional and difficult, but it's a learning experience that helps us get back on track, more organized, and responsible.

Which clothes should I keep? ›

Deciding What to Keep

Traditionally, you'll want three piles – keep, donate, and trash. Clothing that's ripped, torn, spotted with bleach stains, or otherwise unwearable should go straight in the trash pile. Your staple pieces that get constant use should go in the “keep” pile.

How do I stop hoarding clothes? ›

  1. Know your hoarding tendencies.
  2. Start small: 5 minutes at a time.
  3. Donate the clothes you don't wear anymore.
  4. Focus on one room at a time: the bathroom is a good place to start.
  5. Ask for help: declutter living rooms with your family or your friends.
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What is the fastest way to clean up clutter? ›

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  2. Start clearing a starting zone. ...
  3. Clear off a counter. ...
  4. Pick a shelf. ...
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  6. Pick up 5 things, and find places for them. ...
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  8. Create a “maybe” box.

What is the fastest way to declutter and clean a house? ›

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  5. Let Go of Unused Items in Your Home Office.

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  • 20% of employees are responsible for 80% of the results.
Mar 3, 2017

What is the 80/20 rule in simple terms? ›

The Pareto principle states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes. In other words, a small percentage of causes have an outsized effect. This concept is important to understand because it can help you identify which initiatives to prioritize so you can make the most impact.

What is the 80/20 rule in bedroom? ›

There's a secret formula Maxwell uses when concepting color for a room. It's called the 80-20 rule and it's very simple: if you decorate 80% of a room in neutral colors, you can get very colorful with the other 20%.

What is the 90 90 rule minimalism? ›

Have you used that item in the last 90 days? If you haven't, will you use it in the next 90? If not, then it's okay to let go.

What is 80-20 lifestyle? ›

The 80/20 rule is a guide for your everyday diet—eat nutritious foods 80 percent of the time and have a serving of your favorite treat with the other 20 percent. For the “80 percent” part of the plan, focus on drinking lots of water and eating nutritious foods that include: Whole grains. Fruits and vegetables.

What is the 20 rule in real estate? ›

The rule, applicable in many financial, commercial, and social contexts, states that 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes. For example, many researchers have found that: 80% of real estate deals are closed by 20% of the real estate teams. 80% of the world's wealth was controlled by 20% of the population.

What are 3 areas of your life that the Pareto principle could be applied? ›

Here are some ways you can incorporate the 80/20 principle into your life: You spend 20% of your time with people that bring you 80% of happiness. Spend more quality time with those who make you happy! Your wardrobe consists of 20% stylish clothes that are worn 80% of the time. You wear what you love!

What is Pareto law? ›

The Pareto principle states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes (the "vital few"). Other names for this principle are the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity.

What does the 80/20 rule look like in a week? ›

For example, if you eat 3 meals a day x 7 days a week, you eat 21 total meals. 80% of that is 17 meals, leaving you 4 flexible meals for the 20%. Making those 17 meals something that is pre-portioned and calorie controlled can take some of the variability and guesswork out of this approach.

What is the rule of three in decorating? ›

The rule of three says that things arranged in odd numbers are more appealing, memorable, and effective than even-numbered groupings. Three seems to the *the* magic number, but (as I mentioned previously) 5, 7 or 9 works nicely as well.

Does Number of bedrooms affect property value? ›

Livable space is what is most important to buyers and appraisers. Bedrooms and bathrooms are most highly valued, so the more beds and baths your home offers, the more your home is generally worth.

How many walls should your bed touch? ›

Most experts that a bed should be at least 24 inches away from a wall. Following this measurement creates breathing room, makes space for a headboard, and reduces the chances of the bed scuffing or running into the wall.

Does having less stuff make you happier? ›

Why Having Less Stuff Makes You Happier. Owning less makes your life so much better since it increases your happiness levels. Once you clear out your physical environment and get rid of unnecessary stuff, you'll be able to fully appreciate your surroundings and focus on what's important in your life.

How do you know when to get rid of something? ›

Think About When You Last Used Things

One helpful way to decide whether to keep an item or get rid of it is to think about when you last used it. If it's been months or years, that's a pretty good indication it's something you should get rid of.

How do I become a minimalist at home? ›

But here are some tips that I would offer to anyone trying to shoot for minimalism:
  1. One room at a time. Unless you're just moving into a place, it's hard to simplify an entire house at once. ...
  2. Start with furniture. ...
  3. Only the essentials. ...
  4. Clear floors. ...
  5. Clear surfaces. ...
  6. Clear walls. ...
  7. Store stuff out of sight. ...
  8. Declutter.


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