The Ultimate Guide To Decluttering Part 6: The Final Stretch


In the previous part of this guide, we gave you some room-specific tips for clearing the 3 most important rooms in your house; the kitchen, bedroom, and living room.

Just decluttering those few rooms will make a huge difference to your ability to relax and focus, with less stress. But, you still have a whole home to tackle.

So, in this 6th and final part, we’re going to give some more practical tips to tidy your other rooms! Let’s dive right in.

The Office:

  • Create zones for paperwork, storage, research, and other categories, to make focused areas to work on these specific things.
  • Limit your desk space to what you need to use daily; everything else can be moved to a drawer or storage area (or thrown away, if it is redundant).
  • Reduce the number of personal items at your desk - after all, this is your work area.
  • Transfer all your post-it notes from the day to a digital calendar or day planner, so they won’t distract you.
  • Move your printer off your desk, purchase drawer organizers, and use cable boxes to declutter your cables and cords.

The Laundry Room:

  • Before anything else, wash, dry, and hang up all your laundry (it is important to do this first).
  • Remove anything that’s sitting on top of your washer or dryer
  • Clear and organize your shelving units, starting at the top and working your way down.
  • Take out anything that doesn’t make sense; for example, don’t store a bike in the laundry room...move it to the garage.
  • Use laundry baskets to separate clothes ready for washing (and avoid mixing whites and colors).

The Bathroom:

  • Remove dirty clothes and towels with a laundry bag.
  • Perform a quick and basic decluttering of your countertops, shelves, and furniture.
  • Purchase hanging racks for your shower to organize shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and other self-care products.
  • Organize your linen closet and the cabinets below your sink.
  • Address your medicine cabinet, ensuring you throw out everything that has expired.

Congratulations! You have officially decluttered your home!

We have a few final tips for you to help you keep that order and avoid clutter rebuilding its annoying presence:

  • When you use something, put it away as soon as you’re done with it.
  • Build up a donation box of things you no longer need and drop it off once a week to a local charity shop.
  • Scan all your receipts, warranties, and other documents, save them on your computer, then throw them away.
  • Do a clutter-busting session once a month (using the tips from this guide).
  • Make sure your family is responsible for their own mess, after all, you can’t clear up after everyone.

That is it. Our Ultimate Guide To Decluttering is complete, and you now have the blueprint to declutter your home whenever you need it.

Use these tips frequently and watch your home (and life) become much more organized and less stressful!