1.       Get Your Supplies: Grab a trash bag, a laundry basket, and a timer.  In order to declutter, you’re going to throw stuff away in the trash bag and put things that belong in other rooms in the laundry basket.  You’ll use the timer to make sure you stay on track.

2.       Pick the smallest/easiest room first: The coat closet, bathroom, or foyer are great places to begin.  Small rooms can be decluttered quickly, and the success will motivate you to continue to more difficult areas!

3.       Set the timer for five minutes and grab everything that doesn’t belong in that room and put it in the laundry basket.

4.       Set the timer for five more minutes and put all the trash in the room in the trash bag.

5.       Set the timer for 10-30 minutes (more time for larger rooms) and get rid of that clutter! Anything that you don’t like, don’t use, or simply don’t need, get it out of the house!  At this point, everything left in the room is usable (because you threw out the trash, remember?) so anything that you eliminate can be sold on Craigslist, in a yard sale, or donated to charity.

6.       Don’t sit down just yet! Take out the trash and put away all the things in the laundry basket that go in other rooms. Take care to put them away where they belong or you’ll just have to put them right back in the laundry basket when you start decluttering the next room.

7.       Congratulate yourself! You’ve decluttered a room in your house and it only took you 20-40 minutes.

Check out the difference decluttering made in this home!