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THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME FAST AND KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE FOREVER

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THE ABSOLUTE BEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME FAST AND KEEP IT CLUTTER FREE FOREVER

Want to know how to declutter fast? Well you’re in the right place, because I am going to shed some light on a lightening fast method for decluttering your home that will not only help you banish clutter but also keep it clutter free so that you don’t find yourself in a seemingly endless cycle of clutter/declutter misery.

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HOW TO SET ABOUT DOING A QUICK BUT EFFECTIVE DECLUTTER THAT WILL LAST

In my experience, one of the biggest things that makes decluttering hard is lack of time. In fact it’s often a lack of time that causes clutter to build up in the first place. Then on top of that, you don’t have time to declutter and the more the clutter builds, the more you worry about how long it’s going to take to sort it out, until you find yourself in declutter paralysis.

So what if I told you that there is a way to declutter your home fast? A way that you can quickly and easily get rid of the clutter that has built up? Plus a way to keep clutter at bay and make sure that it never builds to epic proportions ever again?

Interested?

Well, read on, because I am going to take you step-by-step through the fastest, easiest way to declutter your home and keep it clutter free, so you never have to go through a major declutter ever, ever again.

THE QUICKEST EASIEST WAY TO DECLUTTER YOUR HOME

1. PURGE YOUR HOME OF CLUTTER

The quickest way to purge your home of clutter is to use the four bag decluttering hack.

It’s a really simple hack that allows you to work fast and without distraction to declutter your home. 

Here’s how to do it:

THE FOUR BAG DECLUTTERING HACK

1. MAKE A PLAN TO STAY ON TRACK AND KEEP MOTIVATED

Take a few minutes to assess the clutter situation in your home and make a quick decluttering plan of action. 

This will help you put your focus where it’s most needed. 

You need to prioritise the rooms in order of how important it is to declutter them. So start with the room where decluttering it will have the biggest impact.

This is not only a practical way of going about decluttering, it will also give you a big emotional boost, which will in turn give you an energy boost to keep moving forwards with the decluttering.

You should also set yourself a decluttering deadline. This a great way to focus your mind on the job at hand and stop it from going on longer than needed or worse still, never ending.

2. ARM YOURSELF WITH FOUR BAGS

These four bags are the four corners of your decluttering strategy! Ooh doesn’t that sound grand… a decluttering strategy!! They are the key to keeping your decluttering ordered and orderly. Here’s what you need:

1.  BIN BAG

You need your bin bag to get rid of anything that is broken, has missing pieces or is old and past its best. Anything that can’t be recycled.

This bag will be going straight out for the next refuse collection. Out the house. Gone!

2. RECYCLING BAG

I am big on recycling. We should all be big on recycling!

So, anything that isn’t suitable to go to the charity shop or to sell on eBay or Debop can go into this bag for recycling.

If you have a recycling collection from your home you might want to turn this into a bag for every type of recycling if it needs to be separated for collection.

3. CHARITY/GOODWILL SHOP / SELL BAG

If you have stuff that is in good condition that you know someone else can make use of, pop it into this bag. It is super important to make sure that you don’t just dump a load of tat at your local charity/goodwill shop, because all that does is make more work for the volunteers and the stuff will just end up in having to be disposed of anyway.

Think that you have stuff that you can sell on eBay or Depop or through a Facebook group or other local website? Put that in this bag too. Just be realistic with yourself about whether you’ll get round to doing the selling and whether the amount you’ll get will be worth your time and effort.

I’ve got a really popular post on ways to sell clutter that actually make you money. So have a read ahead of your decluttering session so you’re ready to make some decisions.

4. LAUNDRY BAG

The laundry bag – make it a big one – is for all the stuff that belongs somewhere other than the room it is in. This includes stuff destined for storage in the attic or wherever you store things you no longer need everyday. 

Right, now you have your bags, set your timer for the time you’ve allocated yourself and get set working your way through the first room of your home.

Once you’ve worked your way through the room it’s time to move to step three of the decluttering method.

3. DEAL WITH THE FULL BAGS IMMEDIATELY

When you’ve finished filling the four bags you need to deal with the contents of them straight away.

This is important, because if you just set them aside to deal with them another time, you know and I know that time is unlikely to come. So all you will have achieved is to bag up your clutter and leave it cluttering up a room in bags instead of spread out.

So, take the bin bag straight out to the rubbish bin. 

Do the same with the recycling bag, get its contents straight into the recycling bins, whether you have them at home or whether you need to take them to a local recycling point or centre.

Now it’s time to go through the bag of stuff to donate or sell. The reason that this is all in one bag is because you might need to spend a little time working out if something really is worth selling.

As I mentioned above, you can read my post on the best way to sell clutter and make good money from it. There’s a guide to the different things you can sell and the places to sell them.

In short, take a look at the stuff and ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do I have the time to sell this within the next month?
  2. Will the money I make be worth the time spent organising the sale?
  3. Is it better all round if I donate this thing to charity? 

Set aside anything that you are planning to try selling and schedule in some time in your calendar to actually sit down and get it listed. Give yourself a deadline to have the whole lot sold and shipped by. If you smash through this deadline it’s time to simply pack the stuff up and take it to the charity shop.

Anything that doesn’t make the grade for selling can go back into the bag, ready to be taken to the charity shop.

Put the bag by the front door and take it to the charity shop as soon as possible. If you can’t do it straight away, check your calendar and schedule a time that you can do it. Then stick to it. Do not allow those bags to sit in your hallway for weeks on end.

Finally, grab the laundry bag that’s full of stuff that needs redistributing and set about doing just that. Distribute everything back to the room it actually belongs in.

You can then decide to purge another room straight away or tackle it another day. 

Don’t forget, if you have a partner or older kids you can set them up with the four bag method!

Once you’ve purged all the clutter you can focus on the third principle of decluttering. 

4. KEEP YOUR HOME CLUTTER FREE

Now you’ve purged your home of clutter you need to keep your home as clutter-free as possible. 

Here are some simple things to focus on to help you and your family keep clutter at bay. 

  1. Get your home some clutter baskets – pop one in each room and use it to stick clutter into ready for sorting once per week
  2. Sort out your household storage  – it’s much easier to keep on top of clutter if there is enough of the right storage
  3. Take some time to show your family around their newly clutter-free home and set them some ground rules for putting stuff away
  4. Read my post on 12 benefits of decluttering your home to keep you inspired and motivated to stick with having a clutter free home

I really hope you’ve found this post useful. Pop over to the Organise & Declutter section for plenty more posts for keeping your home organised and clutter-free. 

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san

Saturday 12th of December 2020

This is valuable advice and I feel the title is a bit misleading .... now after I realised it is "how to purge fast" I appreciate it very much. Will browse some more, I'm glad I discovered your site, Thank you.

ima tiered

Wednesday 22nd of October 2014

I love your simple tips! I am a Messy Jessie and have read all the organizing and decluttering books, and all starts out well, but quickly becomes back to my old ways. I have now come up with one that works for me-15 minutes on something everyday (empty a box, sort a drawer, do 1 shelf. etc.). I love your identify the stuff you can live with and work on the ones you can't! Presently, I am doing my office, which was stacked to the ceiling (I know, very BAD!) with boxes of paper and office supplies! When I am in a mood, I go thru as many boxes, shred, file or group together. I have a rolling file cart, a nice little shredder and a number of paper holders I got from Targets $1 spot. I have managed to clear out bins full of useless, unneeded paper, filed important paperwork and accumulate a few bins of useful office supplies, now in a large box, waiting to be utilized! I think we all have to spend a little time identifying what ails us and then, like you advise, tackle some easy dos with big impact. It helps to set you up for success, instead of failure! I love the clutter basket also! I think I can use that very well, too!

Alice Emma Thompson

Thursday 23rd of October 2014

Oh well done on the paperwork Ima, sounds like a big breakthrough. I did yet more clothes yesterday but still need to do another big purge before Christmas.

Amanda Taylor

Thursday 15th of May 2014

I need a clutter basket! First, I would need to decide a home for it though. Lol.

Unknown

Sunday 30th of March 2014

Me and my family have to much clutter around our home too. I have been trying to finich every task with following every item to it's 'home', doing this have made me realize that many things was lacking a "home" and that's where we're at now. So the biggest task is in front of us - what can stay and have a home and must move out...Thanks for your tips!

Outside the Box Mom

Friday 21st of March 2014

Your matrix makes so much sense! When you see it on paper that a really big nuisance takes 5 minutes to fix, it really makes procrastination seem silly.

One of my biggest problems is shuffling clutter around the room OR from room to room. If I make a donation box (and actually take it), it instantly creates more space in my house.