Do you like the idea of decluttering and the benefits it can give you, but not sure how to get started or find the time when you’re a busy, overwhelmed mum with not much free time or energy? Don’t worry! Check out this post on my top 10 easy expert hacks to help you declutter at home.
Firstly, why is it good to declutter your home?
To declutter your home, you need to take each area, room or type of item in turn and decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Do you love it, do you need it, does it add value to your life? Keeping only the stuff that ticks these boxes means you’ll be able to get rid of the unnecessary stuff that just clutters up your space (and your mind) and takes up your time.
Why spend time clearing up, tidying, cleaning and looking after things that you don’t need or don’t really love. Just think what you could be doing with that time instead? And think about how much nicer, calmer and more relaxing your home could be without all that excess stuff lying around?
How to declutter if you’re a busy, overwhelmed Mum?
But, if you’re a busy mum with already too much to do, no time or energy to spare and you make a million decisions every day, deciding to tackle decluttering your home probably doesn’t sound that inviting. Well, I can help! Read on…
10 EASY EXPERT HACKS TO HELP YOU DECLUTTER AT HOME
1. Start in an easy place
The best and easiest place to start is probably the bathroom.
It’s a relatively small space with a finite amount of storage. You tend to know what you use and what you don’t. It’s unlikely that there’ll be any sentimental items for you to spend ages deliberating over. And, there won’t be so many items that you get bogged down and lose motivation.
Don’t decide to declutter the garage or attic because you’ll likely give up before you’ve even started!
2. Tackle the bit that will make the biggest difference to you
Think about which room, area or type of item you spend most of your time tidying, clearing up and generally looking after.
For busy mums, it’s usually the toys. If you want the best and quickest results that will make the biggest difference to you, then tackle these first. Work out what you want to throw away – toys that are no longer played with, broken or have pieces missing, and keep the ones that are played with all the time.
3. Try decluttering somewhere that will make you feel good
I started with decluttering my wardrobe. I was getting more and more fed up with looking like something that the cat had dragged in. I had a wardrobe full of clothes but didn’t wear about 80% of them and I could never find anything to wear each morning. So, I’d end up reaching for the jeans and sweater at the top of the pile, again.
When I decluttered my wardrobe, I got rid of over half my clothes (mostly donated to charity). I kept only the pieces that I loved to wear, felt good in and that fitted me.
Getting dressed in the morning is so much easier, quicker and more fun now. Decluttering my wardrobe came with these great benefits, so it made me want to carry on decluttering other areas, so I could see some more fantastic benefits!
4. Declutter in waves
Try decluttering in waves. Do a quick sweep of each room or area to declutter the obvious stuff. Then go back in smaller waves and each time you’ll notice something new in the room that you hadn’t noticed before.
Decluttering gets easier with practice so just dive in and get started! You could also start your decluttering in an easy place such as the bathroom, just until you find your feet. Tackling clutter hot-spots like the garage or attic when you’re just getting started is probably going to put you right off!
5. Get the kids involved
For many busy Mums, finding the time to declutter without your kids around is almost impossible. So, if they’re little, just fit your decluttering around them. Declutter the bathroom whilst they’re playing in the bath. Declutter your wardrobe in the evening when they’ve gone to bed. Declutter part of the kitchen whilst they’re having lunch.
If your kids are older, you might feel they could help you. Explain what you’re doing and why and get them to join in. They could sort their toys into piles of what they play with loads, play with never, or play with sometimes. Or they could do the same with their books or even favourite clothes.
6. Make it fun and reward yourself
If your kids are helping you declutter then this is vital, but even if it’s just you, make decluttering fun!
Choose a time when you’re all in a good mood and perhaps turn it into a game or a challenge. For example, who’s the quickest at bagging up 5 toys they no longer play with to give to charity? Put some music on, sing whilst you’re doing it and anything else you can think of to make it fun!
Reward yourselves when you’re done with tea and a biscuit, a glass of wine, film night or a trip to the park and so on!
7. Break it down into manageable chunks
Don’t say to yourself that you’re going to declutter the entire kitchen in one go. That’s likely to take you ages and put you off before you’ve even started.
Instead, try breaking it down into manageable chunks. Using the kitchen as an example, try breaking it up into – cupboards, drawers, worktops, gadgets and appliances. You can tackle this in stages, so it feels easier and less overwhelming.
8. Declutter little and often
You might find it easier and more convenient to do decluttering little and often rather than dedicating a whole day to it. How many busy mums have a whole day to themselves to spend decluttering anyway?!
Doing 10 or 20 minutes consistently, here or there, will get you much better results than doing nothing for a week then catching up all Saturday. Just plan what you’re going to declutter with each spare bit of time. This way you’re organised and know what needs to be done in the time you’ve got available, rather than wasting time deciding when you could actually be decluttering.
9. Put decluttering time into your calendar
Mark out time in your calendar each day/week for when you’re going to be decluttering. Set an alert on your phone to remind you and an alert when it’s time.
You’re much less likely to forget about it or put it off. It’ll also help you make sure you’ve got blocks of time set aside for decluttering and you won’t double book yourself with something far more exciting!
10. Deal with the unwanted stuff straightaway
Don’t be tempted to sit back and think you’re done until the rubbish bag is in the bin, the donate and recycle bags have been donated and recycled.
Otherwise you’ll find your family rooting through the bags, pulling out items they’d forgotten they had and now want to keep. All your hard work (and theirs) will be undone.
It’s easy to think that you can’t declutter if you’re a busy, overwhelmed mum with too much to do and not enough time to do it in. Decluttering can be daunting but don’t get put off. Just follow these top 10 easy expert hacks to help you declutter at home and it’ll help you get started with as little stress and hassle as possible!
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Are you intrigued or inspired to give decluttering a go?
The benefits are massive if you can put in a little bit of effort to begin with.
Take my free 1 week declutter challenge – Declutter in Progress
A great place to start is with my 1 week declutter challenge. It’s completely free and will take you through decluttering four main areas/rooms in your home where you’ll see the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time.