So… I’m sharing my trade secrets with you — here is how I declutter — whether I’m working in my own home or with clients at their home or in their business.
Boil the process of organization down to three steps:
Use the SORT method.
S = Save (what you keep)
O = Offload (what you donate or give away)
R = Relocate (move items to a different room)
T = Trash (throw away)
Start in non-emotional spaces.
- It’s best to start easy and work up to spaces that carry emotions/sentiments.
- Easy items to declutter: Toiletries, makeup, newspapers, magazines, expired food, medications, cleaning supplies, water bottles, mugs, glasses
Categorize your belongings.
- Pick 1 space at a time (for example, closet, drawers, bedroom)
- Pull everything out
- Sort like items together
- Discard duplicates
Easy Places to Start Decluttering
Here are some of the best places to start decluttering in your home and business!
- End tables
- Coffee tables
It’s different for everyone — but start with items that don’t have a lot of meaning to you and work your way to items/spaces that you care about. Good luck; I hope these declutter 101 tips help!