I am a de-cluttering freak. I can’t stand clutter. Never have been able to stand it and never will. I know that many other adults out there get me when I make this statement. If you don’t like clutter either, but don’t quite have the time to de-clutter, this post is for you. Maybe it is a goal of yours to get rid of as much clutter as you can.
Clutter can be painful to people because it makes them feel icky and messy. If there is one thing that I have learned, it’s that clutter can happen to anyone. If you don’t stay on it, the papers, trash, and toys will stack up and you won’t know what hit you!
Are you ready to say goodbye to the clutter? Make sure you check out these 10 places you can de-clutter in 20 minutes or less. I de-clutter these places about once a month and it has been a transformation in our home worth talking about! My family is less stressed and our house is well, less cluttered.
10 Places you can De-Clutter in 20 Minutes or Less
The front closet
If you’re up for it, you can totally de-clutter the front closet in 20 minutes or less. I always grab several bags to help me get the closet de-cluttering done even faster. One bag is donations, one bag is unusable, and another bag is for things that we are keeping! It’s amazing how dirty and de-cluttered the front closet can get, which is why this is one of my first stops.
The kids’ rooms
Dare I walk through the kid’s rooms? YES! It’s one of my favorite places to de-clutter. It’s kind of shocking at first, but once you get in there and start de-cluttering the magic happens. I’ll be honest, though. I’m not afraid to just take a trash bag in there and start getting rid of items in their rooms. Some of my kids have WEIRD items in their rooms. Bye bye, doll head and weird broken transformer dude.
The kitchen cabinets
I know I’m not the only one that seems to collect items in my kitchen cabinets. When people come over, it seems to get all of the clutter (I’m sorry cabinets). In 20 minutes or less, you can totally de-clutter those kitchen cabinets. I’m not sure there is anything worth saving in those cabinets, so it may be safe to throw everything away.
The laundry room
I know you’re avoiding that laundry room like the plague, but give it 20 minutes of your time. While you may not make it look squeaky clean, you can do a lot of de-cluttering in those 20 minutes. Hang up at least 10-20 shirts, fold a few pairs of pants, and start a new load of laundry. It’s amazing how much more visible the floor becomes when you start a load of laundry!
Clear the Hallway
How many of you have clutter in your hallway? Make sure this is one of the places you focus on when you’re de-cluttering. In 20 minutes or less, you will be able to walk through your hallway without tripping on anything. I personally think this is one of the most important places because you don’t want anyone tripping or getting hurt.
Although your house may need some de-cluttering, give your vehicle some attention as well. I know it’s not all your mess in the car, but it’s amazing how dirty a vehicle can get. Take 20 minutes and get all of the trash and non-essential items out of the vehicle. You may be amazed at how much more room there is to sit down and enjoy the ride. Plus, you’ll find fewer bugs and stickiness if you take the time periodically to de-clutter and clean it out.
Under the beds
I know this is a scary part of the job, especially when you’re headed into your kid’s rooms. Take a broom and use it to help you scoot out everything from under the bed. This may be a hard part of your de-cluttering mission, but it will be worth it when there aren’t piles of dirty laundry and trash under the bed.
I know not everyone has a basement, but if you do, you know that is one of the places that needs to de-clutter the most. The kids drag toys down there and it can become an unorganized mess. Take at least 20 minutes to de-clutter one section of the basement at a time.
Your desk and kitchen table
Whose desk and kitchen table becomes unrecognizable at times? This is one of those places that you need to spend 20 minutes de-cluttering. The papers, dishes, and whatever else is sitting on the desk and kitchen table must go. Your mind will be at ease when you decide to ditch all of this clutter.
Listen, I’m not sure what my kids do in the yard. However, oftentimes there are tons of pieces of trash and whatever else out there. The backyard is worth 20 minutes of de-cluttering. I like it too because it seems easier to de-clutter than the house. I always wear gloves outside, though; you never know what you’ll find.
There you have it, 10 places that you can spend 20 minutes de-cluttering. It’s totally worth it to get rid of the extras in your house. What places do you love to de-clutter in your house? Share your tips with us!