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No matter how messy your home is, you can get it in tip-top shape. You can declutter your home in ten minutes per day. Keeping your house clean is an easy focus.
How to Declutter Your Home in Just 10 Minutes a Day
Many times when we think about decluttering our homes, we think about tackling it all in just a few days, but that’s not the only way to do it. For some people, dedicating that much time at once is just not possible, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t have a decluttered and organized home.
You’re probably wondering what the deal is with this 10 minutes per day method. It’s very simple and you’ll start noticing the benefits right away. And if you keep it up, you will walk into a clean home soon.
Let’s talk about how you can declutter your home in just ten minutes per day.
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Set a Timer First to Declutter Your Home
Showing up is half the battle. And all that is needed is you and a 10-minute timer. Accomplishing a whole-house cleaning is a daunting task. Not to mention it would require a handful of days and a significant leave of absence from my actual life.
This is why I came up with this cleaning game. I set a timer and see how much I can get done. If you don’t know where to start – focus is key. But please remember, consistency is more important than intensity. If you show up every day for 10 minutes a day, your house will be cleaner.
Declutter Your Countertops
Let’s face it, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the house, and for that reason alone, it can get cluttered quickly. A cluttered kitchen is not pleasant, or easy to use. Take ten minutes and declutter your kitchen countertops. Remove anything that doesn’t actually belong in the kitchen. Put away seldom-used appliances and throw away or donate anything that you no longer use. You will be amazed at how much easier, and more pleasant, it is to use your kitchen now.
Declutter a Drawer
Sure, decluttering a junk drawer isn’t the most interesting task, but it can be completed in ten minutes or fewer. Take everything out of the drawer, including any organizing baskets you may have, and wipe the drawer and baskets down. Take anything that belongs in another part of the house where it goes and toss out the actual junk. When you put the items back in the drawer, a place like items with like. Some dollar store baskets may come in handy for this.
Clear the Bathroom Counters and Shelves
If more than one person is sharing a bathroom in your house, it probably needs some decluttering magic too. Take everything off of the counters and shelves and give them a good wiping down. Throw away any empty bottles, put anything that doesn’t belong in the bathroom where it goes, and only place the things you use daily on the counters or shelves.
Declutter A Fridge Shelf
Ten minutes might not be long enough to declutter the whole refrigerator, but it’s plenty of time to clear a shelf. Take everything off of one shelf, toss anything that is expired or has become a mystery and wipe the shelf down before putting what still needs to be there back. Keeping your refrigerator organized and decluttered allows you to easily see what you have and find what you need quickly. Next time you have ten minutes to spare, move on to the next shelf.
Declutter the Living Room
Has your living room become a catch-all for the items from around the house that don’t belong there? Take ten minutes and a basket and take everything out of the living room that isn’t supposed to be there. Your living room will be so much more relaxing when there is actually space for the family to hang out together in there.
Declutter Your Table
For many families, the dining room table serves as a place to do homework, a workspace, or a craft in addition to being where you all sit down to eat. Take ten minutes and clean off the dining room table. Sort the mail, throw out the trash, and find a container for what’s left. This might be a basket for art supplies or a file box for your work.
Once you have these items contained, they can be easily moved from the dining room table when it is time to sit down and eat as a family.
Declutter A Pantry Shelf
Despite our best efforts, the pantry can become one of the most cluttered areas of the home. A cluttered and disorganized pantry will inevitably cost you time and money as you search for things you know are in there, and items get pushed to the back and forgotten when new items come in. Take everything off of one pantry shelf and wipe it down. Before replacing the food items, check the expiration dates and throw out anything expired.
If there are items that are still good that you know your family doesn’t enjoy, donate them. Organize your pantry by keeping similar items with each other. For example, canned tomatoes put the newest ones in the back and the oldest in the front. By adopting a first in, first out approach, you won’t have to worry about food waste anymore.