8 Crucial Steps to Decluttering Your Home (Podcast or Post #26)

Wondering how to declutter your house? Start now with these 8 steps to declutter your home. You’ll have a clutter-free house in no time.


Decluttering can be a challenge when you feel overwhelmed & don’t know where to start.

But don’t worry, we’ve got your back. And just know, you’ve got this. You can and will get your house decluttered.

So now we’re going to walk you through the 8 steps to declutter your home.


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✅ Download our free Kitchen Declutter List here. This will help you get started decluttering in your kitchen. The kitchen is the room that will make the biggest impact on your home as a whole.

➡ Access our Calm Kitchen Clutter Course here. Get a huge discount on the course that walks you through decluttering every category of clutter in your kitchen- step by step. We’ll also teach you the habits that will keep it uncluttered.

Grab the physical planner I recommend from Amazon here. (I love this one because it has hourly time blocks. And it’s undated so you can start using it at any time.)



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1.) Pick one room to start decluttering.

woman opens kitchen cabinets to decide if they should be decluttered first as one of the steps in decluttering her house

Personally, I always recommend starting in the kitchen. I recommend this both when it comes to decluttering and even just with your cleaning routine.

The reason the kitchen is the best place to start decluttering is that it will most likely be the room that has the biggest impact on your home and schedule.

In a survey done by House Digest, the kitchen ranked the highest as the most important room in the house.

We use our kitchen to cook, store food, and clean & store dishes. And some people also eat in the kitchen. It’s fundamental to our daily life.

Often dishes from the kitchen will be brought into other areas of the home. And often guests will find their way into the kitchen.

This room can easily be one of the rooms that takes the longest to declutter. This is because of the amount of items we keep in it. And when dishes are dirty, they take longer to declutter or organize since they need to be washed first.

➡ To help you start decluttering your kitchen, grab our free kitchen declutter checklist.

To fully conquer all categories of clutter in your kitchen, I designed a premium course- Calm Kitchen Clutter– which you can join and complete at your own pace.

Calm Kitchen Clutter Course by House Gone Sane

It walks you through decluttering each area of your kitchen and each category of items. We go through it stepbystep in a way that won’t overwhelm you.

I promise if you follow the steps, you will get it done. And your kitchen will have more space, be more organized, and look great.

We also go over in this course how to keep your kitchen in an uncluttered, clean state. So once you initially declutter it, you’ll never have to put that much time into decluttering your kitchen ever again.


2.) Evaluate what specific areas or categories of items need attention & decide which place is the most important to address first.

kitchen junk drawer that needs to be decluttered

Once you’ve decided which room you’re working in, you need to pick a particular space or category of items within that room to focus on decluttering.

Write out all the spaces in the room that need attention.

Then number them in the order you want to address them in.

Important Note: Prioritize the areas and categories of items that will make the biggest difference visually or make it easier for daytoday life.

For whatever reason, a lot of us are tempted to start decluttering hidden areas in rooms. We’ll tend to start with junk drawers or closets, probably because we view them as being the most cluttered.

But I encourage you to start with areas that are visible and will make a bigger difference in daily functions.

When youre visually reminded of your progress and see the benefits of it, itll motivate you to keep decluttering and to maintain those areas once they’re decluttered.

The truth is, most of us don’t want to spend hours decluttering a closet, only to have the room still look messy.


3.) Schedule time when you’ll work on decluttering & decide how much time you can commit to it in each decluttering session.

woman schedules decluttering in her weekly planner

It may be that you have time right now to declutter. That’s great if that’s the case!

But if you’re planning on decluttering your entire home or even multiple locations in your home, there’s a good chance you won’t be able to finish it all at once.

Plan out a time each day or week when you will be able to complete a decluttering session. Keep doing this until you’ve gotten through all the areas on the list you’ve made.

Then, mark those down in a physical planner at that specific time. And/or set an alarm on your phone’s calendar as a reminder so you don’t forget.

The physical planner I used to use is no longer being printed.

I recently found a planner on Amazon that is really great. It has hourly time blocks which is what I liked about the one I was using.

If you like using physical planners but don’t have one with hourly time blocks, I highly suggest you get one that has them.

It’s important to manage your time at home, and a planner definitely helps.

The one I linked has some other nice features too.

Keep in mind that it’s best to schedule decluttering at times of the day that you’ll have the most energy and motivation.


4.) Start a countdown timer & begin uncluttering any items you don’t need or aren’t using in the area or category of items you have chosen to declutter first.

woman sorts clothes into boxes labeled 'declutter' and 'keep'

Once you’ve picked a space to start with, start a countdown timer with the amount of time you’ve allotted to work on decluttering.

Focus on getting things out of that space that don’t belong there or aren’t being used.

For anything that belongs elsewhere in your house, simply put it where it goes.

As for things you aren’t using currently, there are some options you have for how to declutter them.


4 Main Options for Decluttering Items:

woman sorts items into boxes when decluttering to give to charity as one of the steps to decluttering her home

1. Throw out any trash and/or recycle what is recyclable.


These items are usually no-brainers- things that are literally trash or are broken or otherwise unusable.

When decluttering clothing, get rid of items that are worn out, ripped, stained, etc. beyond what you can or will repair.

If something is fixable but you know you’ll never actually get it fixed, do yourself a favor and toss it.


2. Pack away things you aren’t using now but have a reasonable use for in the future.


If you aren’t using certain items now or in the immediate future but have a logical reason to keep them, they can be packed away.

Items can be packed away in boxes, storage bins, vacuum storage bags, etc., depending on what type of items they are.

You want to be sure to store items appropriately in a way that they won’t be ruined and in a space where the temperature won’t damage them.


3. Give away or donate items that are still usable but that you aren’t using.


If there are items that are still in good condition but you know you aren’t going to use them or you have too many, you can give these away to friends, family, or acquaintances who will use them.

Or you can donate them to places such as homeless shelters or thrift stores, if the types of items are things these places accept.


4. Sell items that are decent enough to be sold that you aren’t using.


Alternatively, instead of giving things away, you may be able to sell certain items that people would be willing to pay for if they still look decent and are usable.

Note: Be careful when decluttering items, especially with the last 2 options, that you don’t procrastinate getting things out of your house.

Sometimes people put off making the effort to donate or sell things, and they end up cluttering up a home for weeks, months, or even years.

If you have the tendency to procrastinate, I recommend setting a date with an alert in your phone or reminder in your planner that you need to get rid of an item by, and if you don’t get it out of your house by that date, then throw out or recycle the item at that time.

I prefer not to throw out things unnecessarily, but if it’s between tossing something that could be used by someone else and keeping my house clean, I’ll always choose the first option.

A usable item that’s being left in your house unused is already functioning as trash, whether it’s in your house or a landfill.

Of course, it’s ideal to pass it on to someone who will use it, but if you’re not realistically going to actually do that, then I recommend just getting it out of your house in whatever way is doable for you, even if it means throwing out something that could be used.

Too much stuff in your home can make you feel overwhelmed, and you can resolve in the future not to bring anything into your home that won’t actually be used.


5.) Tidy up & if necessary, reorganize the remaining items in the space you’ve decluttered.

woman is tidying clothes and putting them away in her closet after she's done decluttering as one of the steps to declutter her home

Once you’ve removed or gotten rid of clutter in a space, tidy up the remaining items. If needed, you can reorganize what’s left.

If you feel it’s beneficial in a practical or visual sense, you can measure the space and the items you need to store and purchase storage containers or organizers to keep the space more orderly. Sometimes these can help you maximize the amount of space you have.

It is important to take measurements first. Then you won’t waste money or space on organizers that won’t fit well.


6.) Re-evaluate the space you’ve just decluttered.

woman looks at her clothes in her closet after decluttering to reevaluate the space as one of the steps in decluttering her house

Next, reassess how the space you’ve decluttered looks and functions.

I’m not someone who thinks you need to declutter every little item that you’re not currently using. I’m not trying to be an extreme minimalist.

If you want to do that, you can, but it’s not usually necessary.

What is important, is that you are comfortable with how a space looks and functions.


4 Decluttering Questions to Ask Yourself About a Space You’ve Just Decluttered:


1.) ‘Does it look uncluttered and clean?’


2.) ‘Am I comfortable with friends/family/guests seeing the space how it is?’


3.) ‘Is there enough room in this area for me to put away everything that belongs there?’


4.) ‘If the area is a place that functions as a work space, (such as a kitchen counter you prep food on or a table you eat at,) is the area fully usable to the degree it needs to be?’


If the answers to all these questions are ‘yes,’ then you’ve successfully decluttered the space.

On the other hand, if you’ve answered ‘no’, to any of these, you need to contemplate what still needs to be fixed/changed in that space.

In the event you don’t have enough room to put everything away that should go in a space, you’ll have to decide if you can store things more efficiently to make everything fit, if you can declutter more items (which could include packing them away,) or if you need to find another place in your home to extend the space where you store some or all of the items you need room for.

After you’ve made any necessary changes and are confident in your answers to those 4 questions, you’re all done decluttering the space you’ve just worked on.


7.) Celebrate your accomplishments & reward yourself.

woman dances in celebration after decluttering her living room

It’s important to acknowledge the hard work you’ve done and then do something as a reward for yourself.

When you do something that brings you joy in recognition of the effort you’ve put in, it gives you motivation to declutter and will help you maintain the progress you’ve made.

In fact, this is backed up by science.

According to one study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, immediate rewards for hard work are linked to intrinsic motivation and helping people to feel more positive about their experience.

So don’t wait too long to reward yourself either.

As soon as you’re done with a task, reward yourself by doing something you enjoy.

A reward doesn’t have to be extravagant, (although if it is that’s alright too.) It just needs to be something that is enjoyable to you and will put a smile on your face.


8.) Work on the next space or category of items you want to declutter.

woman begins decluttering clothes after finishing decluttering another area of her house

After you’ve completed one area of decluttering, move onto the next space/category on your list until you’ve finished them all.

If you have more time to work on the next thing right now- and you want to and can do so without burning yourself out- then go for it.

After you’ve finished decluttering one room, go back to step #1.

Work through these steps again with the next room you need to declutter. And repeat this process until you’re content with the state of your home as a whole.

But remember that you don’t have to get it all done in one swift blow.

You can use other times you already put into your schedule for future decluttering sessions.

Or take a moment now to schedule the next time to work on decluttering if you haven’t yet.


So those are 8 steps to declutter your house. By being organized, balanced with your time, and focusing on one task at a time, you’ll get through the areas you need decluttered without feeling overwhelmed.


Don’t forget to download our Kitchen Declutter List.

This will help you to start decluttering in your kitchen. This is the room that will make the biggest impact on your home as a whole.


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Have a great day & thanks for reading!

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