Declutter Your Home in 15 Minutes a Day

Declutter your home 15 minutes a day room-by-room.

So you want to declutter your home quickly but you are not sure where to begin?  

Can you make a time investment of 15 minutes a day?  

If you complete one 15-minute clutter sweep daily you'll see results right away--without having to schedule and entire 2-3 hour block. (If and when you have the time, think about tackling a weekend project.) Yes, it will take longer to completely declutter a room, but a short burst of decluttering means you won't get overwhelmed with the task.

Over time,...MORE doing something daily makes it easier to stay on task (think about how hard it is to get back into “work mode,” on Monday morning after 2 days off).

  • 01 of 07
    Bathroom
    Joe Schmelzer/Getty Images

    Start the week fresh by cleaning and decluttering the bathroom. I typically wake up with a serious case of The Mondays most weeks and prefer to get ready for work knowing the bathroom sink and counter are clutter-free, my make up is streamlined, and I know exactly where to find my favorite cucumber shower gel.

  • 02 of 07
    Organize Open Shelving
    Organize Open Shelving. Photo / Style at Home

    Don't fear, I am not advocating a full-on closet overhaul on a weeknight. (You can reserve that for a rainy Saturday morning.) I am asking that you take 15 minutes to do a quick clutter sweep which will make the whole getting-dressed-in-the-morning process markedly easier.

  • 03 of 07
    Walk in Closet Pictures - Pictures of Emily Schuman's Walk In Closet Part 3 - Shoe Storage
    Walk in Closet Pictures - Pictures of Emily Schuman's Walk In Closet Part 3 - Shoe Storage. Photo / Emily Schuman

    Time to hit the bedroom again, most notably, the closet. The more often you go through your closet the less time each session will take.

    After 4 weeks of regularly decluttering and straightening up your closet and dresser, you will notice a strange thing happening: less stress, less random piles, more cohesion. So get back in there!

  • 04 of 07
    Small Kitchen Organization Ideas
    Photo / Flickr

    Next stop is the entryway. If you can manage decluttering this space every single day, even better, but at least once a week, spend 15 minutes declutter this area.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    Decluttering your kitchen regularly is important for your health and sanity as it's the main source of food and many times the main communication hub of your household.

    After a long day of work on Monday, coming home and spending time in the kitchen engenders a nice "nesting" feeling for me. Just me? OK, try making this ritual more palatable by treating yourself to a glass of red wine or your favorite beverage, listening to the evening news on the radio (watching TV is hard when...MORE you're trying to declutter your fridge) or talk to a friend on speaker phone.

    Extra Credit: Work on your Meal Plan for the week.

  • 06 of 07
    Paper organization ideas from Scrap This and That
    Photo / Scrap This and That

    Time to go through the mail. Deep breath, because mail is the largest source of paper clutter in your home and the most time consuming to sort. Having a plan of attack at the ready will aid you in keeping this huge source of clutter under control. Tackle mail and paper clutter more easily by establishing 3 piles:

    1. Action
    2. Shred
    3. Recycle
  • 07 of 07
    Organized Book Collection from Domino Magazine
    Organized Book Collection from Domino Magazine. Photo / Domino Magazine

    Fridays are for living rooms because the living room is the easiest room to declutter, and after a long week of work, I'm guessing you could use a break. Living rooms may actually accumulate more clutter than any other room, but since most are naturally organized into zones (entertainment, toys, reading, desk) it is by far the easiest room in which to spot and remove clutter.