Decluttering, organizing, and minimizing a lot of stuff can be time consuming. If you don’t have a lot of time to declutter, but want to know how to get a lot done in a short amount of time, here are 7 tips to declutter quickly.
With these tips, you’ll be able to work through collections, boxes in storage, and all your other possessions faster than ever.
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Manisha Singh says
I lived out of a backpack for three years and it automatically made me a minimalist. It has made me a lot more confident and happier.
I wish I could help people declutter, I love it so much but unless people are onboard with the idea, they get so defensive about their stuff.
Patricia Meyers says
i purchased the plan but never had time to go through it. can you help me get back into it.
Carol Clark says
Do you have any articles to help me sort through and let go of family history clutter as well as things I cling to from the past? I”m overburdened with all this stuff that represents the lives of my ancestors and nobody else in my family seems to want it. I’d like to be free of it but feel guilty to just dump it.
Jennifer Mitchell Watson says
I bought your book The Minimalist Home a few days ago while on a trip to the west. I’ve nearly completed reading it and have already started on my house. It will be a long process it seems. Unfortunately I feel I’m in this by myself. My husband wants to hold onto everything. Yet he wants a clean and clutter-free home. He just came home with 2 new power tools today. Same day I started minimizing. He said to me.. “You’re getting rid of stuff I spent money on?!” I told him.. “You can’t look at it that way.” I said the whole idea is to live with the minimum. What we need. I’ve seen him read one book in the last 11 years that I’ve been with him. However, he doesn’t want me to get rid of books. He wants a collection for when he’s older and has the time to sit and read. Wait till he realizes I got rid of all of the cookbooks. I can get any recipe I need online. It’s a lot harder to do this when you don’t work and your husband brings in the only income. He bought almost everything so I feel I dont have much say in what to get rid of. But I am. And I will. Thank you for the very helpful book.
Helene Bennie says
Tip 1: Clean sweep – grab a box/bag go through house and pick up stuff that needs to go.
Tip 2: Set a deadline to create more energy.
Tip 3: Donate more – trying to sell adds burden, time and stress.
Tip 4: Ask a friend to help – trust them and follow their advice.
Tip 5: Leveling – if you are not certain, put it in a box and date it, store it and check in 3-6 months to see if you really want it.
Tip 6: Tell a friend that you are minimising – accountability.
Tip 7: Intention is not action. You may see the benefits of minimalism but you need to start – 5 minutes, 10 minutes.
Thanks, Helene! M c<.
Enjoyed the video!
Would it be possible to have a tour of your minimalist home?
joshua becker says
I do offer a tour during the Uncluttered Course, but have not published a video anywhere publicly (yet).
Banjo Jane says
I’ve often thought about emptying a room by putting everything in the yard on a warm day. Put back only what feels like a clean peaceful room with space. Then put a yard sale sign on what’s left outside.
That is an awesome idea.
These are great tips!! I was feeling overwhelmed and kind of stalled. I can employ a couple of these today and seeing some progress will help rejuvenate my efforts! Thanks
thanks for what probably are useful ideas, but would it be possible to offer content like this as both a readable text post and in video format? Just askin’…
Diane Willson says
I was disappointed that I couldn’t quickly skim an article as well!!
joshua becker says
Thank you, Joshua! All very good tips… can’t wait to make some more progress.