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25 Days to an Organized Home with Easy Decluttering Tips

25 Days to an Organized Home with Easy Decluttering Tips

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Feeling overwhelmed with a lot of clutter? Are you finally ready to tackle the mess, to clean house and get organized? This article offers hundreds of easy decluttering tips to get your home back into top order.

Easy Decluttering Tips for the Entire House

For 9 years, my husband and I lived with our four children in a home that was just slightly over 1000 square feet. Yes, that’s a very small space for six people!

It would be easy to get overwhelmed with the belongings for six people in one little house. But I’ve come a long way in my housekeeping over the years. These easy decluttering tips keep me on the path to a clean and tidy house every day.

Keep reading to receive free printable PDF checklists that will help you declutter, clean and organize your own home!

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This post originally published on January 7th, 2019 and has been updated and republished with a new date.

25 Day Challenge to a Tidy House

Can you really take back an area in your house in less than a month? Can you truly declutter and organize an area top to bottom in 25 days?

Yes, with these easy decluttering tips, you’ll feel much more tidy and organized. Once each task is completed, you’ll be set with a clutter-free home.

Create a Deadline for the Decluttering Process

This article shares my tested checklists and tips that will get you and your home back on track.

If you put yourself on a deadline right now you’ll be more likely to actually get it done. Creating a timeline is the easiest way to make headway, rather than doing a little tidying here and there.

Budget-friendly & Practical Organizing Solutions for Small Spaces

Complete at Least One Organizing Task Per Day

At least one task on the list should be checked off each day.

The amount of time to complete each task may vary. Some jobs may take longer than others. Reserve bigger projects for times when you’ll be able to fully complete.

If you’re like me and checking things off your to-do list is important, you’ll like that I’ve added a spot on each of the tasks to insert your check mark when the job is complete (I’m a lefty so my checks go to the left!)

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Check off tasks along the way!

Getting Ready to Organize

  • Get yourself a clipboard and a pen or pencil.
  • Print off the checklist. You’ll be working room by room through the entire home to complete the process, over the course of 25 days.
  • Check off tasks as you go.
  • Some of the items on this list will take several hours to complete. Others can be accomplished quickly in a single decluttering session.
  • Save the larger tasks for when you can complete them in one cleaning session. This will ensure you see the job to completion.
  • If you have the time, combine several of the easy decluttering tips in one day. Set aside a decluttering weekend to tackle big projects.
  • Set a time limit for yourself with certain cleaning projects. For instance, when going through photographs or kid’s toys, it can be easy to become distracted by the trip down “memory lane” with sentimental items.
  • Enlist the help of a friend to keep you on track, especially if you have a difficult time making hard decisions about your possessions.
  • Determine a goal date in which to have ALL the tasks completed. This cleaning challenge is intended to be completed within 25 days.

Why Would I Want Organizing Tips from a Slob?

Once upon a time I was a big time slob! So bad that when I was a kid, my dad used a shovel to put all the junk on my bedroom floor into trash bags! 

Every morning was a scramble to find my things in the piles scattered about. Even as a grown up, I had a huge pile of dirty dishes in the sink that I’d procrastinate to clean for days and days (I’d just drain and refill the sink with soapy water each day, hoping those dishes would wash themselves, I guess!).

It took a long time but I’d consider myself a pretty organized person, with good housekeeping skills! I sometimes still slip into messier tendencies, my office desk being proof of that! Occasionally, I need a kick in the pants to get myself straightened out, so these printables help me maintaining daily upkeep. Being married to a “neat-nik” also helps me from slipping into hoarder-mode.

So why would you want organizing tips from a slob? Because I know the feeling of wanting things to be tidier but not knowing where to start. Because that scrambling feeling of misplacing things because they are lost somewhere in the house, isn’t a great feeling.

And I know how it is to be feeling overwhelmed with too much stuff. Because if I can do it, then you can do it, too! So keep reading for my best easy decluttering tips for tidying up and ways to stay organized.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Nobody home, so I let the dishes pile up…

Where to Start Cleaning Up?

If you’re trying to declutter and organize, assess your biggest need. What area stresses you out the most? Is your dining room table piled with junk and you really want to eat there again? Then this is definitely where you should start cleaning first.

I want to make this very clear right away. If you want to declutter and organize your house you’re going to HAVE to get rid of things.

These easy decluttering tips will only get you so far. Yes, you need to get rid of things.

You will not be able to clean around the extra stuff. You’re going to have to make some tough decisions on what to keep and what to purge. But the end result – an organized and decluttered home – will be so worth it in the end!

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
When everything in your house has a “home”, it’s easier to keep up with daily housework.

Keeping Up with Regular Housekeeping

In between deep cleaning and organizing, you need to keep up (or begin) regular housekeeping.

There are a few ways of tackling regular housework. You can choose to save it all up for a single day of housekeeping. Or maybe you have daily chores that you do each day to break things up.

In keeping up with regular housekeeping, breaking up the tasks into more manageable bits can help you keep up.

Letting things wait and build up for one day of cleaning can easily overwhelm. I highly recommend you start incorporating the daily housekeeping chart first!

Managing Daily Chores

In our home each family member has basic chores we do each day. These are tasks like wiping the bathroom sink, cleaning toilets, collecting laundry, and emptying trashcans. Sweeping, washing dishes, wiping the kitchen counter, and tidying bedrooms also happen daily.

As I mentioned, my husband is a neat-nik. So much so, that we have a laminated printout of our daily chores for reference!

Perhaps you aren’t going to obsess so much as my husband, but I will admit that our house is very clean (and we rarely get sick, either). There are no baskets of clean clothes waiting to be put away, as we do it right away. Also no overflowing bathroom trashcans, since they get emptied every other day.

Daily chores don’t take very long, especially when the entire household chips in. Even preschoolers can help with daily chores, like collecting laundry or tidying bedrooms.

We’re able to get these chores done in less than 30 minutes daily. I’ve created a daily housekeeping chart for you. Keep reading to the end where you can download a PDF copy!

Toy tidying happens daily

Weekly Housekeeping

Once a week chores are relegated to “whole house” day, generally on Saturday when the entire family can get the task done quickly together. Things like window and mirror cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, dusting, and clearing out the fridge happen on this day.

Getting Everyone in the Family On Board

In my house, everyone participates in housework, albeit with different levels of cooperation and expectation. I don’t expect the same level of accomplishment from my 4-year old as I do from my 17-year old. But, yes everyone (even the preschooler) pitches in with housekeeping.

From making beds, emptying the dishwasher, setting the dinner table to vacuuming, my kids can clean the entire house without much in the way of assistance. Of course, that kind of commitment level doesn’t happen overnight.

READ MORE: I share the reasons why our kids do housework with Tips for Getting Kids to Pitch In.

Getting Ready for a Purge

Learning to live with less is key to keeping an organized and simplified home. Do you really need that air popcorn popper that you haven’t used in 2 years? Donate it and let another family enjoy it!

Weeding Through Household Items

  • Gather up your empty cardboard boxes and trash bags in preparation for the big purge.
  • Create a separate pile each for donations and items worth keeping.
  • Have a trash bag ready for garbage and a recycling bin for papers. If an item is no longer in good condition for use, consider tossing it out.
  • Use a Sharpie to label boxes of unwanted items, then make plans to move them out of the house.
  • Keep reading the easy organization tips in this article for arrangements on the items you’d like to keep (see next section).

Clear Off Surfaces

If you have a lot of stuff to move through, start by cleaning off flat surfaces. Clearing off a pile of stuff from the coffee table will allow you to feel accomplished from the start!

Focus on One Room at a Time

You should always do the purging of an entire room before any organizing takes place. Consider tackling common areas first, like the living room or kitchen.

Clear away what you can see first, the “visible clutter” before reorganizing the cabinets and drawers.

Get Rid of Junk…For Good

Once you’ve completed your whole house decluttering, make sure that you haven’t just relocated your stuff. What’s the point of doing all that work if you now have all the things piled up in the garage?

Now’s the time to move it out – schedule a pick up with your local thrift store or put them in your car and drop them off immediately after each decluttering project. For expired medications, refer to your local laws on disposal.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Baby’s not using the bathtub anymore? Time to get it out of the house!

Top Ways to Get Organized

Before you run out and buy ALL the organizing boxes and storage bins, start by getting rid of things and truly assessing what you plan to keep. Only then will you know what you’ll really need in the way of organizing essentials.

Once you’ve purged and have your “keeper” items, it’s time to move into organization mode. For more help, read these 75 practical solutions for organization.

Place Similar Items Together

Ideally, you’ll want to store like-items together. Important paperwork should be kept in the home office space. Toys, like LEGOS or Barbie dolls should each have their own storage box.

Assess Storage Space

Determine what space you’ll have to store and keep your items in an organized way. Completely empty cabinets to clean off shelves before placing things back inside.

Consider Alternative Storage Locations

If you have items that aren’t used as often, consider storing them in an out-of-the-way location. So long as the location supplies easy access (ie: not in the attic!), an alternate storage area can be helpful.

For instance, small appliances are generally stored in the kitchen. But if you don’t have space for the Instant Pot in the kitchen cabinets, it’s okay to look for storage in another location, like a hall closet or the garage.

Measure Before Buying

Whatever you’re planning to use for storage, make sure you measure your space and compare to the container size first. Ensure that you’ll have the accurate height, depth, and width to hold your containers.

Label Everything

I own the Brother P-Touch Label Maker and have been busy labeling everything in the house. This way everyone can see at a quick glance where things belong (and where they don’t!)

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
My very organized & nicely labeled supply box.

What to Do with Knick-Knacks?

I used to love all my “stuff”. I surrounded myself with so much, decorating every inch of open space in my house. But the clutter of so much clutter made it a challenge to dust. And all those things added to the feeling of mess.

When you make EVERYTHING special, then NOTHING is special.

I learned to live with less and surround myself only with the things I truly loved and cherished. Out went the random knick-knacks. Gone were the seasonal decorations for every holiday.

And I let go of a lot. What I have left in my home are only the most special things.

Moving Towards Minimalism

If too much stuff in your house is weighing you down, consider this trick. Box up the surplus knick-knacks and put them somewhere far out of the way, like a basement storage space or attic.

Label the box, so you know these are your excess items. If you don’t miss anything from the box after a year, donate the box without opening it.

Stop Buying

I know this is easier said than done, but you’ll also need to stop purchasing replacement items for what you’ve removed. Learning to live with less stuff and more open space can be tricky, especially if you’ve been surrounded by excess for a long time.

Not bringing in more stuff is probably the top easy decluttering tip there is! Consider having an accountability partner or friend who you can talk to when tempted to make unnecessary purchases.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!

Cleaning Up the Kitchen

One very easy way I personally keep our kitchen clean is by minimizing the amount of clutter on the counter tops.

I limit counter top items to only what we use on a daily basic. There is a crock with cooking utensils. The coffee maker and a bowl of fruit are tucked into a counter. The toaster and a tri-level storage basket for onions, potatoes and garlic are the only other items that take up counter space.

These few items on the counter make it easy for us to clean up daily. Everything else is put away into drawers and cupboards. Yes, this is really how my kitchen looks everyday and not just when company is coming.

If your counters are overly crowded, consider clearing them off completely and only adding back the most important appliances.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Only daily essentials are allowed on the kitchen counters.

Clear Out Closets

The most important thing about your clothes closet is to really assess what you wear. If you haven’t worn it in ages and have no immediate plans to wear it, then why have it gathering dust in your closet? Donate it to someone else who will enjoy it!

Have a Donation Bin Nearby

In each of our bedroom closets, I keep a small fabric storage bin. On a monthly basis, I weed through the clothes in each closet and drawers to remove items that no longer fit. I toss them into the bin. When the bin is full, I bag it up to give away as hand-me-downs or for donation.

Put Away Out of Season Outfits

Keep out-of-season clothes tucked into bins under the bed or in an alternate storage space. In-season clothing can hangs in the closet and be folded into drawers.

In the kid’s rooms, hand-me-down clothes that don’t quite fit yet can also go into Underbed Storage containers. I like to take advantage of storage places that are out of sight!

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!

Staying on Top of Laundry

When it comes to dirty laundry, it can easily get overwhelming! I find that keeping up with laundry on a daily basis is a must (especially for large families).

Every Family Member Can Do Their Part

Every day, each family member can move dirty laundry to the laundry room. Put in a load of wash. Then bring in clean laundry to fold, hang and put away right away.

As a rule, I try to never let clean clothes sit in the basket (that’s clutter, folks!) Put clothes away as soon as you bring them to the bedrooms.

Teach Kids How to Wash

We have the instructions on how to operate the washing machine and dryer posted in the laundry room. This way there is no excuse for anyone to not know how to wash their own clothes!

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Our laminated laundry instructions above the washer and dryer.

Small Steps to Clutter-Free Bathrooms

The bathroom is one of those places that could almost always use a daily once-over, especially if you have children.

For such a small space, the bathroom can hold lots of unnecessary things! Think about all those half-used bottles of conditioner, yucky bath toys and expired medications.

Clean Out First

A good place to start decluttering, cleaning and organizing is in the bathroom “hiding spaces” – under the sink, cabinet space, and inside the medicine cabinet.

Check the expirations and dump out old beauty products. Only keep what you’re actually using on a daily basis and discard the rest.

Wipe off shelving and reorganize with practical storage solutions that are appropriate for the space.

Tired of nagging kids about bathroom tasks? Try this pre-teen routine daily checklist.

Place toiletries all in one place for easy organization.

Getting Rid of the Junk Drawer

One of the easy decluttering tips is making sure everything in your house has a need and a place. Why do you have a junk drawer and what is in it?

You probably have a junk drawer because you have a bunch of stuff you don’t want to deal with in the moment. Or maybe the things in the junk drawer don’t have a proper home.

Give Your Junk Drawer a Purpose

One tip I have for the junk drawer is to make it purposeful. Take everything out and sort through it.

Toss out trash, file paperwork and put all the like items together. At this point you’ll want to decide what things really belong in the drawer and what things could be relocated to their rightful place.

Use Drawer Dividers

Invest in an Custom Drawer Organizer Tray to further manage this space. You’ll be able to see what’s in the drawer at a glance and it will be less tempting to just toss in random things.

Items like batteries, scissors, pens, phone chargers and small notepads are now perfect items for your new “junk drawer”!

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
I use smaller organizing trays in almost every drawer to keep like-items neatly together.

Toys + Kids = Clutter

I get it, kids like their stuff. But I guarantee that not everything your kids have in their rooms is useful, practical or even touched.

However many kids have strong attachments to their things. If your kid doesn’t care or won’t notice, feel free to declutter in their absence. But if your kid wants to have some decisions about their belongings, make sure to do this process with them.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!
Books sorted together, with chapter books on top, learning books in the middle, then picture books and coloring books at the bottom!

Go Through Every Item

Pull out everything in the room and put it in a pile. Pick through each thing, tossing what is broken, throwing out trash and adding items to boxes for donation.

Determine the Best Organization Tools

With whatever is left, decide upon an organization technique that will fit. For my kids, we store like items together into clear bins. Vehicles are in one box, blocks in another. The wooden train set and all the accessories have a big bin and plastic building blocks are stored in another. Each bin is properly labeled.

Stay on Top of Toys

Once a month we take the time to pull out everything and sort “lost items” back into the proper bins.

It’s a quick process, but for one reason only: We minimize the amount of stuff that’s being played with. I find that my kids gravitate towards their favorite toys, which allows me to store away (or completely get rid of) toys that aren’t being played with very often.

Need additional toy storage ideas? Check out this article with full details with ideal toy organization ideas.

Organizing Backpacks and School Stuff

Cluttered school stuff can really create a lot of stress between parents and kids. Of course if you’re disorganized, it can trickle down to the kids.

If your child can’t find homework to turn it in because it’s lost on a desk somewhere, then grades are going to suffer as well (speaking from experience here!)

Streamlining and organizing will result in happier Stress-free School Mornings! Mornings will be smoother when kids can grab and go, knowing that everything is ready.

Begin a routine of cleaning out backpacks on a daily routine, when arriving home from school. Remove and wash water bottles and lunch boxes. Have kids deliver important paperwork to you right away. Have a recycling bin and trash can nearby for unneeded items.

Make sure that backpacks have a home (a hook is a great idea). Remind kids to load up school needs every night before bed and return backpacks to their place.

Drowning in Paper Clutter

It can be very easy to get overwhelmed with paperwork. If you’re starting off with a large stack, you’ll need to touch every single paper to make sure it’s a keeper or should be recycled.

As you work, pile like items together. Then you’ll be able to sort important paperwork into 3-Ring binders and add a label to the side for easy reference.

To keep paperwork from piling up in the future, I suggest dealing with things immediately the first time it’s in your hand. While holding it, decide if it is a paper you can recycle or if you need to keep it for any reason. If possible, file it right away and resist the urge to pile it up.

Looking for the best way to declutter, get organized and clean your home? These are easy decluttering tips with FREE printables to keep you on task! Find out how to declutter your desk, organize your kitchen, clear out kid stuff and have the cleanest bathroom. No need to get overwhelmed with housework with the practical advice and printable for daily housekeeping!

Clutter Free and Loving Your Organized Space

When you’re first learning to declutter, you’ll be coming across things you haven’t seen in years! It will be tempting to sit down and reminisce, but I recommend that you hold off. Place anything sentimental into a box where you can later take your time with it. If it’s truly special to you, you’ll want to find an appropriate place in your home for it.

As you start bringing new things into your clean home, continually reference your tidy house rules. Will this new item have a home or are you buying it just because you “like it”?

Once you’ve started incorporating these easy decluttering tips, keeping your home clean and organized will be so much easier!

READ MORE: For more organizing solutions, especially in a small home, check out these solutions for Budget Organizing Solutions for Small Spaces.

Free Printables for Decluttering Your Home

Click and print these PDF files for your personal use when decluttering your home. Check off the easy decluttering tips as you go!

Please do not distribute or photocopy without my permission. However, you can easily use the buttons to share this post with anyone and they can print the pages themselves! 


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