If you dream of a clutter-free home but have no idea where to start, then try one of these 25 10 minute decluttering tasks. You’ll be taking the first step towards a clutter-free home!
In life, the end goal can at times seem so big, so daunting, that you feel paralyzed – unable to even start.
This can be the case from wanting to lose weight, start exercising, or begin to declutter your home.
That’s why how you approach a big problem is key.
Too many times, I see people commit to a massive goal, try to go in all at the beginning, and then drop out as quickly as they started.
I call that the hare approach, for those of you who can remember the tale of the tortoise and the hare.
What you want is the tortoise approach – the slow and steady progress towards the goal.
Taking this kind of approach to decluttering your home is the way to go if you have built up a lot of clutter over time.
In this post, I’ll be detailing 25 10 minute decluttering tasks that you can do that will help you with clearing out clutter in a non-threatening manner.
They’ll enable you to feel a sense of completion and achievement.
And as getting rid of clutter is also an issue, these fast decluttering tasks make sure that any rubbish you generate is small enough to be manageable.
If you’re looking for easy ways to declutter, you can’t go past them!
Also once you have tackled these, you’ll feel much more confident to do a full declutter – if that’s on the wish list! (and if you want some tips on keeping your home tidy in the meantime, try 10 ways to keep your home tidy).
10 MINUTE TASKS TO DECLUTTER YOUR KITCHEN
- Grab a rubbish bag. Open the fridge. Throw out any leftovers that have been in there longer than three days, any items that are showing signs of going off, and any expired items.
- Sort through your herb and spice collection and throw away any expired items.
- Check all your baking supplies (flour, icing sugar, sugar, baking powder and so on) and get rid of any that are expired, have weevils, or have become a solid mess.
- Check all sauces and oils and discard any that have passed their best buy date.
- Get rid of any plastic containers that do not have lids, or lids without containers. Any discolored items can also get thrown out if you have plenty to replace them with.
- Get rid of any chipped glasses or plates.
- Sort through ONE kitchen drawer, removing anything that is never used or is damaged.
- Check through all recipe books and throw away ones that are older than one year and have never had a recipe cooked from them.
10 minute decluttering tasks to declutter your bathroom
- Decant half empty bottles into other ones. Get rid of slivers of soap, unused products and so on.
- Clear the vanity of any unused products.
- Sort through all of your old medicines and drugs, getting rid of those that are no longer needed or have expired. Follow the FDA guidelines here for their disposal.
- Sort through all toiletries including fragrances that you may have been given as a gift but will never use.
Other quick 10 minute decluttering projects
- Check all your sheets and towels, getting rid of items with stains and holes.
- Grab all pens, highlighters and sharpies and test them out on a scrap piece of paper to make sure they still work. Throw away any that don’t.
- Cull all pads (especially freebies you have been given), leaving just three.
- Pull out one filing cabinet “file” and cull that.
- Clear the lone sock pile – any socks without a mate get thrown out.
- Cull your underwear drawer, getting rid of anything stained, grey, with holes – anything you wouldn’t want on display!
- Go through your “painting” clothes – eg the clothes you keep for dirty tasks like housework, gardening or painting. Limit these to three outfits and discard the rest.
- Sort through all your magazines and get rid of any that are older than one year.
- Pick one shelf. Remove all items, clean the shelf and return only items you a) love or b) use.
- Pick one random drawer. Remove all items, clean the drawer and return only items you a) love or b) use.
- Go through your DVD collection. Do you even watch DVDs anymore?
- Assess all pieces of décor in a room. Do you love it? Or at least like it? If not – cull.
- Sort through a pile of paperwork.
Reduce the overwhelm experienced when decluttering for the first time in a long time (if ever!) by tackling the process in short, steady bursts.
These 25 ten minute decluttering projects will give you just the motivation you need to achieve your dream of a clutter-free home!