Stuck in a decluttering slump? There really is something for everyone and every household in these 99 clutter hacks for your home. We go through each room in your house and give you the best hacks to declutter your spaces.
These 99 clutter hacks offer helpful cleaning and organizing inspiration.
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Keep a Junk Bowl Handy
Limit yourself to one small space, in this case, a “junk bowl," where you can keep those odds and ends that don’t fit anywhere else. What’s in The Nife En L’Air’s junk bowl: “accessories from parties, receipts, business cards, hair pins, Totoro mini plushes from Japan... And it is fine, since this is after all, a Junk Bowl.”
Another option is a tray. West Elm makes beautiful, affordable trays to collect all of your small stuff.
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Figure Out Why You're Hanging Onto Clutter
Ask yourself why you’re holding on to stuff. You may be surprised the amount of times you answer "I don't know." That makes it easier to let stuff go.
In addition to asking yourself these seven key questions when decluttering, have you thought about why you’re holding onto something on a deeper level?
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Use Magnetic Desk Organizers
Make magnetic desk accessories to corral clips. If you can make something magnetic, it can hold onto to more of you “smalls” for you.Continue to 5 of 98 below.
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Identify a Donation Center
I find having a place I can donate old clothing, shoes and accessories to before I begin decluttering makes a difference. Find a local donation center or charity that you can easily leave lightly used items with.
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Go at Your Own Pace
You can declutter at your own pace. You don’t have to go crazy and do it all in one week or one weekend. Going at your own pace increases the chances you’re keep it up and develop a good routine.
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Beware of Clutter Creep
Look for quality objects with a purpose to avoid “clutter creep” in a new home. If you only bring in high-quality objects that serve a purpose, then you’re less likely to buy something on the fly, not use it and call it “clutter” six months later. Have some standards for what you bring into your home.
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Hangs Kids Artwork
Hang kids’ artwork from clips to avoid fridge clutter. You have to display your kids’ artwork, but not forever and you can make it look more interesting than just hanging it on the fridge with magnets. Get crafty.Continue to 9 of 98 below.
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Build a Clutter-Free Mudroom With Hooks and Bins
This mudroom moves stuff off the floor/hard surfaces and onto hooks for easy retrieval and it just looks better!
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Take a Picture of It
Save photos of nostalgic items, rather than the items themselves.Continue to 13 of 98 below.
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Own Fewer Hangers
Downsize your wardrobe by limiting the number of hangers in your closet.
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Be Prepared With Baskets
Use attractive baskets for quick living room decluttering.
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Set the Goal to Keep a Peaceful Home
Incorporate some practical aspects of Feng Shui decluttering, like opening the windows and dressing comfortably.
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Set Standards for Your Spaces
Make your own decluttering rules that work for you.Continue to 17 of 98 below.
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Make Decluttering a Habit
Don’t wait until your whole office/house is a mess: Develop daily decluttering habits.
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Store remote controls in a kitchen caddy--or any caddy, really. It’s amazing how much a caddy or tray can transform a pile of clutter into something useful.
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Create a Clutter Cabinet for Home Accessories
The clutter cabinet can store home accessories like:
- entertaining supplies like picnic gear and your outdoor glasses, table top items like candlesticks and centerpieces
- decor items you sometimes display but not always: picture frames, mementos, vases, seasonal items
These can be stored in a Accessories Cabinet per IHeartOrganizing or, store them like Elizabeth does in Project Bins. This way when you want to change up your decor or entertain, you know exactly where to retrieve these items.
Better yet: when it’s time to store them, you know exactly where to put them!Continue to 21 of 98 below.
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Have a System for Project Magazines
Don’t save a magazine for one recipe in it. Have a system for managing the content in magazines you actually want to keep. Store recipes in your recipe file, store DIY project ideas on your DIY project file.
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Use Trays to Collect Clutter
Use a cute tray for “in-front-of-TV clutter.” A tray can really make odds and ends that don’t really go together--like remote controls and magazines--look better together if stored in a tray.
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Use Built-in Storage in the Mudroom
Built in storage can unclutter a mud room. This is a biggie. The mudroom or entry tends to be a dumping ground. Take the time to either DIY or build proper storage for things like umbrellas, winter gear, bags and shoes.
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Create Clutter Hub Spots
Create a “hallway hub” to keep halls clear. I like to call these “way stations” as in, “a place to dump clutter that belongs in another room in a spot where I’ll actually carry it out of that room and back into it's proper storage room.”
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Don’t Overdecorate Your Bathroom
Go easy on decorative bathroom items. Keep your bathroom minimalist.Continue to 29 of 98 below.
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Hey Siri, Set a Timer for 15 Minutes
I hate cleaning just as much as everyone else, but I can commit to cleaning for 15 minutes at a time. I set the timer on my iphone and work for 15 (while listening to a podcast). Try it out for decluttering.
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Treat Every Item in Your Home the Way You’d Treat a Fork
Why? Because when you find a fork in the bathroom, you know it doesn't go there. You know it goes in the kitchen in a drawer in the utensil holder with the other forks. Everything in your home should have a storage space like that.
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Get to the Bottom of Why
Investigate the reasons you keep clutter. if you know why you're hoarding clutter, then you will be able to let it go more easily. apply logic.
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Make Use of 10 Minutes
Tidy the kitchen while you’re waiting for water to boil.Continue to 33 of 98 below.
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Use Your Smartphone
Take photos of paper menus and schedules to avoid extra paper clutter.
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Know Where Your Trouble Spots Are
Define the clutter trouble spots in your office, or any room.
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Use Hanging Storage
Use a hanging shoe organizer for items other than shoes.
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Get Familiar With the Box Method
The “the box method" uses three boxes and a trash can: put away,” “donate/sell,” and “storage.Continue to 37 of 98 below.
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Try to Declutter Once You've Had a Good Night's Sleep
Decluttering is tiring; get some sleep first. Willpower decreases throughout the day, so if you're looking to do some real decluttering, do it when your willpower is at it's highest level.
The best option is to declutter slowly, doing a little bit on weekend mornings over a couple months.
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Don't Buy Something Just Because It's Cheap
“Never buy what you do not want because it is cheap; it will never be dear to you.” - Thomas Jefferson.
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Remember Clutter Begets More Clutter
Understand that the more stuff you have, the harder it is to throw anything away.
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Ask Yourself 2 Decluttering Questions
- Where would I look for this item?
- Would I know I already have one?
Asking yourself these two questions while decluttering can be very helpful.Continue to 41 of 98 below.
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Make Use of Old Things
Use a muffin tin for little odds and ends. Small containers in drawers help the separate odds and ends and make them easier to find. WHen you really, really need that rubber band, you’ll be glad you organized your junk drawer.
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Use the Internet to Your Advantage
Don’t save paperwork that can be easily found online. I'm talking about:
- User manuals
- Credit card agreements
- Take out menus
You can just Google these, or store papers in your Evernote.
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Teach Your Children How to Clean and Declutter
Give kids instructions beyond “Clean your room.”
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Declutter Mix-Purpose Rooms in Zones
Declutter a stuffed garage in small sections. Organizing in zones makes a large or multi purpose room easier to manage.Continue to 45 of 98 below.
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Don’t Forget Your Furry Family Members
Dedicate specific spots in your home for pet toys and supplies. Having a go-to spot for your furry friends’ supplies makes it easier to care for them, and will help contain their gear into one spot.
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Clean as You Declutter
Combine decluttering with cleaning. It doesn't really make a lot of sense to separate these activities, does it? If you're already cleaning something you may as well declutter it, and it's easier to clean if you've already decluttered.
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Use Natural Clutter Containers Like Clipboards
Control paper clutter with clipboards.Continue to 49 of 98 below.
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Store Plastic Bags for Later Use
Store extra plastic bags in a paper towel tube to keep them from ending up in an un-attractive clump.
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Rotate seasonal items in your front closet so the clothing you wear most often is right up front.
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Straighten Up the Linen Closet With Baskets
Use baskets to separate out different types of linens or even different sizes of linens: King/Queen/Full/Twin. Makes everything easier when guests are staying over.Continue to 53 of 98 below.
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Use Double-Duty Furniture
In small spaces, use furniture as storage. Think:
- Beds with storage
- Tall books shelves
- Nightstands with drawers
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Use the Fridge for Storage
No pantry space? Use your fridge instead. Many dry goods do just fine in the fridge.
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Pare Down Your Beauty Routine
Downsize beauty products with a bin.
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Ask for Gifts That Won’t Clutter Up Your Home
Experience gifts, flowers, food--these gifts won’t clutter up your home and are guaranteed to please.Continue to 57 of 98 below.
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Motivated by fitness? Clutter could be linked to extra weight.
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Motivated by happiness? Clutter can affect your mood.
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Store Office Equipment on Shelving or on the Floor
Keep your desk as clear as possible. Move your office equipment off your desk for more workspace.Continue to 61 of 98 below.
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Pare Down Your Clothing
Move towards a minimalist wardrobe. You will find once you start decluttering your clothing that you no longer need all those scarves/sweaters/jeans and gasp--shoes!--that you thought you did. You’ll have less clothing to take care of, and more room in your closet.
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Have as Many Linens as You Need and No More
Fight “panic clutter” in your linen closet. A good rule of thumb is double sets for each bed.
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Separate Out Items by Individual
Big family? Give everyone a shoe bin. Creating storage spaces by individual may get your kids to help you keep the house tidy as well ("this is MY storage space").Continue to 65 of 98 below.
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Quickly Declutter a Bag
Short on time? Declutter your bag in five minutes.
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Get Control of Your Email Clutter
Cut email clutter by setting up filters, unsubscribing to spam, and clearing out your inbox. I have two email addresses: one for things I have the subscribe to and one I only give to friends and family. This way when I check my gmail account, I know it’s going to be email I really want to read. When I check my Yahoo account, I’m surgical about deleting.
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Make Organizers Work for You
Choose kitchen organizers that help cut clutter. They shouldn’t just serve one purpose; anything you buy to help you organize your kitchen should also help you cut down on clutter.
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Use Your Money to Travel
Every expert on happiness and well-being agrees: invest in experiences, not things.Continue to 69 of 98 below.
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Buy Less While Traveling
Don't bring a bunch of crap home that you're just going to end up putting into storage. If you must buy souvenirs, make them useful ones.
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Don’t Forget That Junk in Your Car
Keep a trash bag in your car for coffee cups, old receipts and other odds and ends that accumulate on the passenger seat, under the driver's seat and in the trunk.
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Pare Down Your Products
Don’t forget to declutter your shower. You don’t need 5 shampoos.
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Use the 5 Things a Day Rule
Pick up five things and find places for them.
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Set Your Own Ground Rules for 'Stuff'
Cut clutter in every closet with simple rules. Be strict about what you will and will not keep. Set standards for your closets.
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Every Day Fill a Bag
Try to fill one trash bag with clutter. You can commit to one bag a day!
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Start Early for Event-Driven Decluttering
If you’re moving, start early. It makes no sense to pack and move clutter you’re going to toss anyway. BUT, start early. Even though decluttering can be fast, some items like keepsakes and old clothing can take time to declutter.
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Have a Good Idea of Expiration Dates on Food Items
Know what to toss in your pantry each week and schedule time to give it a good once-over.Continue to 77 of 98 below.
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Keep Your Recipes Organized 10 Minutes at a Time
Take ten minutes to declutter your recipes. This is a big project so breaking it up into small, manageable spurts is smart.
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Toss Items You Can’t Identify
Clean out any mystery food from your freezer. You're *never* going to eat that. Next time, label it.
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Don’t Get Overwhelmed
"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
Slow down to avoid decluttering burnout.
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Take the Time to Unsubscribe
It sounds like a chore, but investing the time in unsubscribing from junk mail (both paper and email) is worth the effort. Stop junk mail to eliminate paper clutter. I do this every year the day after Thanksgiving.Continue to 81 of 98 below.
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Use the Traveler's Method of Decluttering
Declutter with the “traveler’s method.” Think of decluttering your home they way you would packing a suitcase for travel. Your home is only so big and can only fit so much.
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Use Inexpensive Organizers
Repurpose ice trays and other common household items.
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Get a Scanner
Office clutter? Invest in a good scanner. You will not miss those piles of paper and you'll find while sorting them that you didn't need most of them anyway.
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Tackle the Easiest Spots First
Overwhelmed? Start with the easy stuff. I like to start with the junk drawer or a night table drawer.Continue to 85 of 98 below.
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Or Start With the Toughest Spots
Get creative to inspire yourself in the toughest spots to declutter (e.g. under the sink.)
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Pretend You Are Moving
Decluttering makes staging your home and packing easier. If you pretend you're moving, you can ask yourself, "would I pack this?"
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Set Boundaries for Clutter
Choose what to keep, not what to get rid of. Here's a handy list of 7 questions to help you decide what to toss and what to keep.Continue to 89 of 98 below.
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Resolve to Declutter and Donate Clothing Seasonally
Choose a charitable organization and help others by decluttering and donating winter clothes.
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Don't Leave Your Shoes on the Floor
Don’t leave footwear in a pile. Get inspired by these creative ways to store your shoes.Continue to 93 of 98 below.
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Remember: "Order is Heaven’s first law." - Alexander Pope
Your brains like order so work on decluttering your home and workspaces every day.
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Designate Specific Areas for Toys
Get your kids in the habit of storing items in the same place by designating specific spaces for toys.
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Use Peg Boards to Organize Visually
Use a peg board to fight closet clutter. The more you can see, the easier it is to keep track of what you’re wearing and what you’re just permanently storing.
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Declutter While You Clean
Get rid of five items every time you clean. This is genius, because each time you clean, you’re most likely already handling this clutter, to move it out of the way, or cleaning around it, so why not just toss it?Continue to 97 of 98 below.
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Tackle the Low-Hanging Fruit
Get rid of these 35 items right now. You won’t miss them at all.