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How to Declutter Your Home in a Weekend and Feel Great Too


If organizing your home has been on your to-do list, now might be the time to tackle that decluttering goal.

Whether it’s cleaning out your closets, decluttering your garage or basement, or donating old toys or clothes, professional organizing experts shared their tips for creating a decluttering game plan in just a few days.

Read on to get started.

Prepare your decluttering project

Before you begin, make sure you have the necessary supplies on hand to streamline your cleaning.

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So says Sarit Weiss, founder and lead organizer of Ne & Orderly, a home organization company in New York.

Young woman packing cardboard boxes and smiling happily while moving to a new house or apartment, copy space (iStock)

Here are some supplies she suggested having on hand.

1. Trash bags. Make sure you have a supply of trash bags for items to throw away.

2. Boxes and bins. These are good items that you will want to keep, donate or sell.

3. Sticky notes and markers. This organizational tip helps keep your project under control. “You’ll want to label each category with its contents or destination, such as donation or storage,” Weiss said.

4. Cleaning products. As you declutter each space, use cleaning supplies to wipe down surfaces as you go, Weiss said.

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5. A timer with alarm. “Set a timer every 30 minutes to an hour — and take a 5 to 15 minute break to avoid burnout,” Weiss told Fox News Digital.

“Breaks are extremely important throughout the decluttering and organizing process.”

Have a game plan for day one

Approach your home decluttering project slowly. Work on one area of ​​your home at a time, Weiss said.

“Start with a specific room, closet, or shelf to avoid getting overwhelmed — and move on to the next area or space only after you’ve completed the current one,” she said.

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As you walk through each area, determine whether each item you pick up should be thrown away, donated, sold or kept, a home organization professional suggested. (iStock)

Then, create a sorting system as you progress.

As you go through each area, determine whether each item you collect should be thrown away, donated, sold or kept, Weiss said.

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Once that’s decided, place each item in its properly labeled bag or box, she advised.

Here is a good guide to follow:

  • Garbage can Items that are broken/unrepairable, expired or worn out.
  • Make a donation items that are in good condition but that you no longer want or need.
  • Sell items where you can get something online or elsewhere.
  • Keep things you need and love.

Have a game plan for day two

The first day of your cleanse may have left you feeling a mix of emotions, including exhaustion and satisfaction.

Here’s how to keep the momentum going on day two.

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“Be intentional about your goals,” said Drea Montali, professional organizer and owner of ShelfGenie of West Brooklyn, a Neighborly company based in New York City.

“Don’t just start destroying multiple spaces at once. Instead, work within categories like books, clothing, or toiletries.”

woman putting clothes in a box

Once you’ve selected your items to donate, find a donation center where you can make a drop-off or schedule a pickup online with a donation center near you. (iStock)

The first day of decluttering should have created some sort of system where items are boxed and labeled with sticky notes to identify their intended path.

The first thing to do, said professional organizer Weiss, is to tackle the “keep” box you’ve created.

She said to decide where and how each item you chose to keep will be best stored.

Additionally, label each container, bin and drawer so everyone can easily find what they need when they look for it.

“Consider using attractive trash cans to hold household items on open shelves, or emptying trash cans in areas you access regularly so you can easily see what’s inside,” Weiss said .

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“Make sure each item in your ‘storage pile’ now has a designated place in the space where it is used most.”

Additionally, label each container, bin and drawer so everyone can easily find what they need when they look for it, she said.

Now it’s time to finish the project.

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As you declutter each space, remember to use cleaning supplies to wipe down surfaces as you go, a home organization expert said. (iStock)

Remove all trash from trash bags.

Once that’s done, Weiss said to look for a donation center where you can make a drop-off or schedule a pickup online from a donation center near you.

For items you plan to sell, an online platform is a convenient choice.

How to avoid clutter from now on

The best way to prevent clutter from piling up again is to commit to decluttering each space regularly, Weiss said.

“Find the system that works best for you,” she said.

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Mary Jo Contello, an organizer with Organized by MJ in Houston, Texas, recommended storing items in the space where they are most frequently used.

“After all this hard work, treat yourself.”

“Keep items you use frequently as accessible as possible,” she said.

When it comes to seasonal items such as decorations, Contello said these items can be stored high up or under beds or behind more commonly used items.

Finally, reward yourself for a job well done.

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“After all this hard work, treat yourself to something nice. Go for a walk, enjoy a nice movie night, buy your favorite meal, take a nice bath or whatever your heart desires,” the organizer said professional Weiss at Fox News Digital.

“Enjoy your space!”

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