How to Declutter Your House in 10 Minutes
One thing I constantly hear from people is how they’d like to declutter their homes, but they just don’t have the time. If you lead a busy lifestyle and find yourself constantly pressed for time, use these 10-minute tips to declutter your home 10 minutes at a time:
1. Bills and other paper items tend to build up quick and can be a big percentage of the clutter in an office or on the kitchen counter. We tend to look at them when they arrive in the mail, then set them down wherever we were standing at the time we opened them. To combat this, create an in-box for important bills and paperwork. Now, only put papers in that in-box and make sure the only papers you put there are important ones. Throw out all of the junk mail instead of letting it sit around just in case you need it. A couple times a week, take 10 minutes to sit down and file all of the important papers.
2. Pick a small section of the house that can be cleaned in 10 minutes. It can be a corner, a section of countertop, a bed covered in clothes… it doesn’t matter. What does matter is the fact that you’re going to clean this section and not let it get cluttered again. Take the section you cleaned the first ten minutes and build on it with the next ten minute session. Each time you clean, expand out just a little bit more.
3. Take ten items that are sitting out in the open and find a home for them. One minute per item to find an acceptable home for it. If you’re at a loss as to where the item should go and haven’t used the item for a long time, get rid of it. If you do need it and use it, find a place for it and make sure it gets returned to that place after every use.
4. Spend two minutes scanning, then 8 minutes cleaning. Look around the room and see what’s out of place. Only furniture and rugs should be touching the floor and the countertops and flat surfaces shouldn’t be covered with clutter. Once you’ve scanned the room, start cleaning it and get rid of the items that are out of place.
5. Go through your closet and sort out the stuff that’s old and the stuff you don’t wear. Donate it. You don’t wear it anymore and there’s people out there who could really use it.
6. If you’ve decided to donate you stuff instead of trashing it, you’ve probably accumulated a pile of stuff that needs to be donated. Take 10 minutes and load the stuff in your car, then take it to the place you want to donate it to. In some cities, the donation centers will come to you to pick stuff up. If you have stuff they refuse to take, that’s a pretty good indicator it’s not worth much and should be thrown away.
7. Create a list of decluttering tasks that can be done in ten minutes. Do one or two of these tasks every day. When you cross a task off of the list, try to add another task to the list. Leave the list where you can see your progress through the 10-minute tasks.
8. Take 10 minutes to teach your mate and kids where the items in a room belong. Let them know that anything of their they leave out of place will be confiscated, then gotten rid of if the misplacing continues.
9. Set up a file system. Paperwork piles up faster than anything else in the house. In addition to the in-box mentioned above, set up a filing system for your important documents. As new stuff arrives, file it where it needs to go. Avoid keeping stuff that isn’t necessary. That property tax bill you paid 10 years ago probably doesn’t need to be kept on file anymore. If you absolutely have to keep it, scan it into the computer and keep it on disk.
10. Clean a drawer. Take ten minutes and clean out one drawer, getting rid of the junk and organizing the good stuff.
11. Clean a shelf in a cabinet. You might surprise yourself and get the whole cabinet clean in 10 minutes.
Article From : Kershaw, Michael (2012-04-01). How To Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life.