Top Tips On How To Declutter Your House In One Day

If you’re tired of seeing the mountains of clutter around your home, use these tips to learn how to declutter your house in one day.


Perhaps you’ve heard how clutter can cause anxiety, stress, and even embarrassment. Seeing heaping mountains for stuff everywhere can make your frustration level reach new peaks.


You probably find yourself asking why decluttering is so hard


Well, what if I were to tell you that you can get rid of that surface clutter in just one day? Don’t believe me? It’s true!


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What Is A Whole House Declutter?


Are you asking “How can I declutter my house in one day?”? I totally understand! It is possible to do, but, before I dive into how to declutter your entire house, it’s important to curb expectations and cover what that actually means.


What You’ll be able To Accomplish


Decluttering an entire house in a day brings a freeing feeling and sense of accomplishment, but it has its limitations. 


A one-day decluttering session is just that: removing surface clutter items and putting them away. I’m talking about going through your home and taking all those items that are sitting around making your home messy and putting them where they belong.


That could mean putting them away, throwing them in the trash, or getting rid of them completely if you no longer want them.


What You Won’t Be Able To Accomplish


Remember how I said that decluttering your house in one day has its limitations? Here’s what you won’t have time to do in just one day:


*Clean – There just isn’t time to vacuum or dust in addition to decluttering. Plus, you’ll be able to clean much easier (and faster!) if you declutter your entire house first.


*Organize – Decluttering and organizing are really two different jobs. Yes, organization is sometimes accomplished along with decluttering because it’s easier then, but that isn’t some hard and fast rule. If you’re decluttering your entire house in a day, you won’t have time to also put new organizational systems into place on the same day.


*Do a Major Cleanout – Accomplishing a major purge takes time (think: 1 room per day). When you’re trying to do a whole house declutter, you don’t have time to go through your stored items to get rid of what you don’t want anymore. 


Instead of biting off more than you can chew, focus your time and energy on eliminating surface clutter so that you are able to accomplish your goal. You can go back and do these other jobs another time once the decluttering job is done.


Helpful Tips For How To Declutter In One Day

Use these tips to ditch overwhelm and make the job simple.


Make A Plan


When you go into a job like decluttering with a plan, you waste less time and get more done. Have a plan for how you want to tackle the job: the rooms you want to declutter, the areas you want to focus on, etc.


Then, have a plan in place for how you’ll get rid of everything you want to get out of your house. How will you throw away the trash? Where and when will you donate items you no longer want?


I don’t recommend trying to sell anything because it just takes too much time, isn’t usually worth the time or effort, and runs the risk of staying in your home long enough that you decide to keep it after all.


Pull Out Your Supplies


Grab some large trash bags or cardboard boxes for your trash and donation items. Label them if there’s any risk of confusion and have them ready to go because you’ll be using them as soon as you jump into decluttering.


Ask For Help


Although this is a job you can do on your own, it’s much easier and faster if you can get someone to help you. 


Grab the (older) kids, your partner, or even a friend or family member to spend a day helping you go through and declutter the entire house. Twice the work in half the time!


Make It Fun


I have found that jobs like decluttering go faster when I’m having fun. Not only does it feel faster, but it actually is faster because I’m not agonizing over every little decision or second-guessing myself.


A great way to do this is to turn on your favorite music and rock out while you’re decluttering. Or, turn on an audiobook or podcast if you’re working alone. Spend the day having fun and being productive? Yes!


Don’t Get Bogged Down


Keep your goal for the day front and center as you work. If you allow yourself to get sentimental about items or take a trip down memory lane, you’ll get sidetracked and not accomplish your goal of decluttering.


Keep a steady pace and make quick decisions about items. Don’t overthink it; go with your gut. It may feel hard in the moment, but it’ll feel really cleansing once you’re done.


Throw Your Trash Away


I think this job is the easiest part of decluttering, and there will be more than you realize. It happens every time. 


Then, it always feels amazing to put all that trash into the trash can or dumpster and be done with it. 


Put Items You’re Keeping Away


Your decluttering efforts will be a waste of time and energy if you don’t put the items you want to keep away. If they don’t have a designated “home’, make one for each item. Having good storage solutions will be the key to staying decluttered in the future.


Drop off Your Donation Items


Go drop it off as soon as possible and just get it out of your house. Keeping it in your house means you run the risk of deciding to keep it instead of donating it. Plus, your clean, decluttered home will be your reward!


Final Thoughts


Use these tips to help you decide how to declutter your house in one day so the job gets done. It will be worth the time and effort!


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  1. shirley S

    July 1, 2023 at 12:47 pm

    I love these tips. Plan. Plan. Plan. It is a simple tip, but every person who has a clean home always tells me it’s all about a good plan.

  2. Tidy Momma

    March 22, 2023 at 8:39 pm

    Thanks for the article! One rule I always follow is if I haven’t used or worn an item in the past year, it’s probably safe to get rid of it.

  3. Elna

    March 12, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Love this tip! I’ve never tried decluttering in one day. I think I get too involved in wanting to clean and organize too so it’s good that you say those are really the objectives! Spring cleaning here I come!

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