Declutter 101: Tips & Tricks You Should Know

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:

Step 1

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)

Step 2

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

Step 3

Categorize your belongings.

  • Pick 1 space at a time (for example, closet, drawers, bedroom)
  • Pull everything out
  • Sort like items together
  • Discard duplicates
A picture of a woman decluttering her space.

Easy Places to Start Decluttering

Here are some of the best places to start decluttering in your home and business!

  • Bathrooms
  • Closets
  • Linens
  • Kitchen
  • Garage
  • End tables
  • Coffee tables
  • Bookshelves

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!