Something everyone needs from time to time is advice on how to quickly declutter a room. Because let’s be honest here: Things always collect in places where they don’t belong. And most people do not want to spend most of their hard earned weekend tidying.
So what we need is a very efficient way of dealing with this. I have found a method that works extremely well for me and cut my tidying time easily in half. Let me tell you how it works and why.
How to quickly declutter a room: Set yourself up for success
For this method to work you need to be consequent with yourself. There is one major rule: Do not leave the room before you finished tidying! No, not even to bring stuff that doesn’t belong in this room to its’ rightful place. If necessary, lock the door.
This will, first of all, increase your efficiency exponentially. No quick interruptions, no making yourself a tea in between or starting to tidy another room. Just you and a crystal clear focus.
Second of all, it increases your motivation to be quick with your decluttering. Locking yourself in a room gets old pretty quickly and at some point, you will probably need to use the bathroom.
How to quickly declutter a room: Categorize
The next step is the actual tidying. Cleaning up your room mostly means putting things back where they belong. For all the things that belong in this room, this should be easy and quick. For all items that belong into another room, simply make a pile.
Let me show you the process on the “corner of shame” in my living room. This one seems to always clutter up in minutes. Don’t judge. I know it looks horrible. But without it, how would I show you the efficiency of this method?
After putting everything that has a place in the living room back there, I start making piles for every other room.
Go through this process for the whole room. Keep going till the room is completely tidy short of those piles for other rooms. ONLY then start taking them to their dedicated places.
Pat yourself on the back
By now your room should look significantly different. And you should have finished it much quicker, too!
This trick can save you significant amounts of time. Simply by avoiding to run to another room every time you find something that should go there. Talk about efficiency!
How does it feel? Pretty nice, huh? Pat yourself on the back. And go make yourself that tea, now that you finally have permission to leave the room!
Once you have used this method a few times, you might notice that a few items keep showing up in the same room. Even though they don’t belong there. At this point, it might a good idea to create a place for them in that room. Or watch your habit of using them in the “wrong” room closely.
If you liked this decluttering tip, it would be awesome of you to share it with someone else! And let me know how you declutter! Do you even need to? Or have you perfected the Konmari method of tidying already and no decluttering is needed anymore? Let me know in the comments!