5 Tips to Help Declutter Your Home

Happy New Year! I hope your 2018 is off to a fantastic start! I love the feeling of a fresh start/clean slate with a new year. And one of my favorite ways to start the year? Decluttering!

I definitely need to do some decluttering/purging more often, but I always seem to bring my A-game to it every January. For some reason, that’s when the anxiety of clutter starts to rise up, and with the Christmas decorations starting to come down, it’s a great time to tidy things up around the house. Are you feeling the same way but not quite sure where to begin? Here are 5 tips to help declutter your home!

Start Easy

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with the clutter, you’ll definitely want to start easy. By this I mean the LEAST stressful area/one that’ll be the easiest to tackle. Things like going through/tossing mail on the kitchen table, putting laundry away, and washing the dishes in the sink. You’ll get that feeling of accomplishment and knock several things out quickly!

Use the 3-Pile Method

Piles always help when you’re decluttering! Making one for things to keep, things to donate, and things to toss really help put things into perspective. Not only can you visibly see how many things you have in each (are you keeping more than you’re getting rid of?) but you also know what you’ve actually looked through and evaluated. If you’re on the fence about keeping things, you can also add a fourth pile for the “maybes.” Put these things in a box and set a time limit. If you don’t use/look at the items at all during that time, you have your answer!

Ask the Tough Questions

If you’re having trouble getting rid of things, it’s time to ask the tough questions. For me, the problem area is ALWAYS clothes. I’ve heard the “if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, it’s time to let it go,” rule, but I still sometimes get hung up on it. If you do too, extend it to 1 year. Have you used/worn it? Or is it just collecting dust? If it’s the latter, it’s time to let it go!

Use the “Don’t Bring Anything New In” Rule

This is my favorite new rule I’ve been *trying* to live by. Don’t bring anything new into the house UNLESS you’re getting rid of something. So if you pick up 5 new pieces of clothing, that means you need to get rid of 5. It definitely helps you keep yourself in check and avoid the clutter piling up all over again!

Give Away (or Toss) One Item Each Day

This one’s the big challenge for the year, and one I actually haven’t done yet but am challenging myself (and you) to do this year. Give away or toss one item each day. It sounds kind of intimidating, but I’m confident we can do it!


What tips do you have to add to help with decluttering your home?

  • These are all great ideas! I need to work on decluttering… now is the best time to start! I especially love the toss one thing a day method. I worked on that a bit last year and it helped so much!

  • I throw away a LOT of things. Probably more than I should! But I can’t stand clutter!

    • That’s great though! I always start out ok but then everything piles up and I have to do a mega purge, haha. Can’t wait to get the rest of my beginning of the year decluttering done!

  • Becky Bush

    Such great ideas! Love the idea of the 3 pile method :)

  • Michelle Williams

    Needed this post in my life bc my room is a total disaster right now…

    • I feel you, girl! I hope you’re able to tackle it soon – I’m clearing my weekend to get my place back in order!

  • love this! one other thing i’ve learned is to have a person who can give you permission to give away things that are sentimental. sounds so dumb, but being able to say “is it okay if i got rid of….” and having someone who will give you permission is really helpful.

    • Thanks, Steph! That totally makes sense. I hate that feeling of having to keep something because of sentimental obligation. Fortunately I don’t run into it too often!

  • I need to declutter SOON! The 3 pile method seriously works for just about anything, I love it.

    • It really does! What’s your go-to area to tackle first with decluttering?

  • Clothes always get me too! And there are some things I’ve had for years but never worn and I always rediscover it as I’m cleaning and then continue to not wear it despite telling myself that I will! I really want to get better about thoughtful clothing purchases in 2018 because I’ve donated an absurd amount of clothing in 2017. Like, over 20 bags of clothes >.<

  • Courtney Heathcock

    I totally bookmarked this! My husband and I got married in July and bought our first home. We still have two rooms full of junk. It’s overwhelming both of us but we feel stuck. These tips are SO helpful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Miss ALK

    What good ideas! The New Year is a wonderful time to de-clutter and reevaluate things to keep!

    xoxo A

  • Emma Louise Joanne Conrad

    Definitely needed this for a little motivation! I’m having a baby in a couple months and I want to de-clutter so much before he/she comes!

    • How exciting – congrats! I can definitely understand wanting to have your home in good shape before baby time!

  • yessss! I use all of these and they help SO much with clutter! I just did a big clean out actually!

    • Yay! I’m planning to do my big declutter this weekend. I’m so excited for it!

  • great tips- i use the 3 pile method often!

    • Thanks, Emelia! Which pile usually ends up being the largest/smallest?

  • The “don’t bring anything new” rule is tough but really important to follow. Great post!

    • Thanks, girl! I did well with following the rule for a good chunk of 2017 but the end of the year was tough. Time to get back on track with it being a new year!

  • Kristen Jones

    These are such great tips! I have a closet FULL of clothes that I’m waiting to give away/sell. One year later, they’re still there. They definitely need to go… this weekend!

    • That’s amazing (that you have so much to get rid of) – definitely time to get them out! I have a few piles of things to donate growing around the house. I’ll be due for a trip to Goodwill soon!

  • Yes I really need to start decluttering our apartment. It’s filled with way too many things.

    • I’m with you, Jenny! It’s an ongoing process, but always such a good feeling when you can make a dent in it!

  • Decluttering and organizing is so fun to me haha!! Love these tips!

    • I love it too! I always struggle with carving out the time for it. Sometimes when I do finally have the time I get sucked into something on TV or my computer, haha. Major fail!

  • I’m definitely in need of another decluttering because there are a few things I know I don’t need…but I’m not ready to let them go. It’s crazy how we can attract ourselves to things, and I have to remind myself that it can always be replaced if I find that I do need it down the road. Great tips, girl!

  • Living in a small apartment clutter is an annoying part of daily life. I feel like I am constantly tossing things but it still feels too cluttery. I think I need to invest in organization tools (especially for the kitchen and bathroom).

  • Great tips! The 3-pile method is GENIUS!

  • These are such helpful tips for decluttering in the new year! Now is the perfect time.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • These are really great tips thank you for sharing!

  • The 3 pile method is everything. I just moved into a new place, and that’s how I reorganized my things and prioritized what I actually needed and what I needed to get rid of.

  • Haha I use the pile method also when I clean out my closet! So handy! I’ll try out the other tips.

  • Amy

    Such great tips! I’m in the process of packing up and moving again so decluttering is a must!

  • I definitely want to do some decluttering. I already started with the clothing – I have 4 piles – keep, donate, toss, and “stuff that doesn’t fit.” The last one I plan to keep for a couple of months and if it still doesn’t fit then it’s gonna be donated.

    • You go girl! I’ve kept a lot of things that don’t fit over the years but some of them have lingered around far too long. Time for me to get rid of them for good!

  • Ever since Christmas, I’ve felt like our house has had things everywhere. Literally everywhere. This weekend, I’m committing time to declutter! These tips have come at the perfect time.

    • That’s exactly how I’ve been feeling! I hope you were able to make some progress + get your house back in shape!

  • Parul G

    All of them great ideas! I have a similar urge to declutter, get rid of things, start anew with the start of every new year. I’m going a bit in the extreme and want to move to a new apartment so I can start afresh. :p
    Parul | http://girlinchief.com

    • I know that feeling! I purged SO much when I moved last year and it was great! I definitely slacked on packing though so there were a few boxes I packed up and said I’d look through them after the move. Time to go through them!

  • Azanique

    These are such great tips! I rarely get rid of clothes, even when i buy multiple new pieces, but I would love to start!

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

    • Thanks, Azanique! I feel like I’ve accumulated way too many things over the years but always seem to wear my same faves and ignore the others, haha. Time to either start wearing them or tossing them!

  • I have been in such a de-cluttering and organizing mood lately! I love the idea of the 3-Pile method, it makes it an easier wya to get organized and decide what you want to do with the items you have :)

  • Love love love this decluttering method. I’m always into winter cleaning over spring cleaning. In the spring I want to be outside! In the winter, I’m stuck inside, so why not clean? I need to try out that 3 pile method.

  • These are great ideas. I’m the worst at the three pile mode. I just need to cut the cord on things already, lol.

    • You and me both! I’ve held on to way too many pieces of clothing that don’t fit thinking they will again at some point. Time to let go of them this year!

  • Yes! all good tips. We all “gain” by taking stock of our organising needs :)

    • Absolutely! I love the refreshing feeling at the end of it all too!

  • I’m doing a HUGE purge right now. I’m so tired of digging through clothes I don’t like, crusty old hair products, and expired food to find what I’m looking for. Once I get it all pared down, I like the one in, one out rule!

    • Ahh yay! That’s exactly what I plan to do this weekend. It sounds silly but it’s such a freeing feeling to declutter + purge!

  • I love the idea of a “don’t bring anything in” rule! I don’t have any attachments to things so it’s really easy for me to declutter, but I don’t do it very often so I feel like I always have way too much stuff. I need to do some of these this year!