If you missed it, we did a declutter Quick Challenge this year. This decluttering challenge included a 15-minute task each day for 5 weeks and was featured on our YouTube and TikTok channels. Each video below shows the daily tasks per week you will be working on to help you declutter fast and make this year the best year ever. Getting organized doesn't have to happen in January to be successful. You can start whenever you want. Check out the video and list below to help you get started decluttering and organizing your life.
- Signs You Need to Declutter
- Decluttering doesn't have to be a long process.
- Week 1: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
- Week 2: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
- Week 3: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
- Week 4: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
- Part of Week 5: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
- Where to donate these decluttered items?
- Feel free to visit our other 15 minutes decluttering tasks challenges!
Signs You Need to Declutter
There are many signs why you need to declutter a space. Some general signs are feeling like you are always cleaning, feeling like you are always organizing, feeling frustrated, not wanting to be home, and ignoring rooms because of the clutter. Feel free to visit our other "signs you need to declutter by room" series.
14 SIGNS YOUR KITCHEN NEEDS DECLUTTERING
20 SIGNS A CLOSET NEEDS TO BE PURGED
Each week, you will see that we also visit these areas.
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Decluttering doesn't have to be a long process.
Decluttering a room does not have to be a long marathon process. Smaller daily tasks work, just fun. Breaking tasks into 15 minutes quick projects will make it doable for you and your family - minimizing distractions and frustration. I listed the daily tasks for each week below to make it easy to view and take action.It will be the most productive 1 hour and 45 minutes you will spend this week! - Declutter Your Home in 31 Days Click To Tweet
Week 1: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
1: Go through items in your coat closet. Purge what you don't use or want.
2: Visit our holiday decorations boxes and pull 10 items you can eliminate.
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3: Go through the desk drawer and remove at least half of your pencils and pens.
4: Clear out your vanity mirror.
5: Go through your first aid kit. Did anything expire? Do you need to replace anything?
6: Go through your shoe area. Pull 2-3 pairs of worn/unwanted shoes.
7: Clean out your utensil drawer. Get rid of tools you don't use.
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Week 2: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
8: Clean out the drawer on your desk.
9: Write down 5 goals for today.
10: Go through your sweaters and eliminate two that are not used.
11: Go through your car glove compartment.
12: Declutter your kitchen junk drawer.
13: Get rid of two things from a hobby area.
14: Go through books and donate at least 2 of them.
Below is the second week’s declutter tasks.
Week 3: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
15: Go through 20 photos on your phone and delete 5.
16: Go through your household’s most used tools and place them in one area.
17: Go through your cabinet or small pantry and clear out expired items.
18: Move and declutter the wrapping paper and gift bags.
19: Go through the refrigerator doors and remove moldy or unused items. Rinse and recycle when possible.
20: Go through the powder room sink cabinet and clean/declutter it.
21: Assign a drop zone area near the front door for shoes, jackets, and bags. Start using it today.
This is the third week of declutter tasks.
Week 4: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
22: Go through your jewelry and pick a few to give away.
23: Get rid of a few small items from our bathroom counter.
24: Go through cables from extra devices and remove the ones you don't use.
25: Empty the items on a nightstand and declutter /organize them.
26: Clear your beverage/coffee area of at least two new mugs.
27: Remove unwanted items from the entertainment center.
28: Assign a donation box in the garage. Walk around the house and pick one or two things to add to the box.
Part of Week 5: Quick Decluttering Daily Tasks
29: Go through the pots and pans and donate at least one unused cookware.
30: Go through your baking tools and remove anything you haven't used in two years.
31: For the final 15-minute session, go through your planner and write down all the other areas you need to organize once a week for the next 3 months.
This image includes Week 4 and the few days in Week 5.
Where to donate these decluttered items?
We have an immense collection of places to donate these unwanted items. Feel free to check out our "Donate Stuff" page.
I hope these 15-minute decluttering tasks help you jump-start your way to making your home a more peaceful and relaxing space. Please comment below on what you do to declutter in 15 minutes. I would love to hear from you!
I love that you encourage people to identify areas that need to be decluttered by how they make them feel and the challenges that arise from the areas and now on how they look. It's so important that our spaces work for us, whatever that means to each person.
I love that you've drilled down to real tasks and not overwhelming projects. My favorites are getting rid of all those excess pens and pencils (they take up so much space, and half the pens are always dried out), hitting the fridge doors (because that's where the stuff you always use dallies with the stuff you never use) and getting rid of mugs. (Just tonight at a speaking engagement, I said, "If you've got more than a shelf of coffee mugs, you've got an addiction — not to caffeine, but to mugs!)
Jonda S Beattie
I'm all about breaking down large projects into smaller manageable chunks.
As I read through your decluttering suggestions, what I loved was how simple they were. You weren't asking us to declutter an entire sweater collection or all of the utensils in the kitchen. Instead, you asked to let go of two sweaters you never wear or a few kitchen tools that are no longer needed. The barrier to entry or action is so low that it's doable. And little bits of focused action can make a huge overall difference. What's more, they are repeatable.
Thanks, Linda! Small habits motivate people to do more. They can do just what is listed on the days they don't have more time or add to the list if they have more time.
I love these quick decluttering tasks! All are great suggestions for places to declutter.
These are great! Breaking things down over time into smaller, purposeful tasks takes the overwhelm out of it all and really helps to get things done. Small changes over time are much more sustainable too!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Laura!