Can’t stand decluttering for more than 15 to 20 minutes at one go? That’s ok, there’s no need to push yourself past your threshold, otherwise you might get discouraged and never reach your goals. Here’s a list of 30 decluttering projects that shouldn’t take you more than 15 to 20 minutes to complete. If you tackle one project per day, imagine how much lighter you’ll feel by the end the month!
- Expired food from your fridge. 45 more minutes to spare? Do an overhaul of your fridge.
- Expired food from your pantry
- Plastic food containers. Get rid of the ones without lid, or if they’re still in good condition, recycle them into storage organisers for other items.
- Mugs, cups, glasses and/or water bottles
- Cooking utensils
- Bath, hand, face and/or beach towels
- Make-up. If you’ve got 5 extra minutes, wash your brushes.
- Expired medicine
- Exercise gear
- Lingerie and/or swimming attire
- Outgrown clothes and/or shoes
- Broken toys, and those missing critical parts
- Old newspapers and/or magazines
- Outdated travel guides
- Purse and/or wallet
- Paper piles on your desk
- Pencil holder
- Stationery drawer with staplers, thumb drives, post-its etc.
- Spam folder. Delete all emails in your spam folder at one go, or if that’s a bit too drastic for you, delete those from senders you don’t recognise without opening the email.
- Mailing lists. Unsubscribe from those you were added onto without your permission and have no interest in, or you no longer read.
- Unused phone applications
- Online social networks. Unfriend and unfollow those people who don’t bring any joy in your life, who spread out negativity and post offensive comments that go against your values.
Break down if need be these decluttering projects into sub-categories based on the amount of stuff you own so you won’t feel overwhelmed.
This list is far from being exhaustive, but it should get you started. I haven’t included here decluttering projects that are more emotional in nature and as result take more time such as memorabilia, kids’ schoolwork and artwork, photos, books etc. Keep these categories for another time, focus on the easy stuff first, whatever it is for you.
Ask yourself the following questions to help you declutter:
- Is it something I use regularly?
- How many do I have and how many do I need?
- If it’s not working, can it be fixed?
- Is it something I really love?
- Am I keeping it out of guilt because it was expensive?
- Am I keeping it out of obligation because it is sentimental?
- Am I keeping it out of the fear I might need it in the future?
- If I lost it in a flood or a fire, would I replace it?
- Is it worth the space it’s taking in my home?
- Is it more trouble to care for it than I care about it?
It’s important that you dispose of the items you’ve decided to let go as quickly as possible. You don’t want to start a pile of clutter elsewhere or start rummaging in your castaways pile and putting things back in your closets. Also give yourself a deadline to sell or to get the items repaired or altered. If you haven’t done what you were supposed to do by your deadline, it means it’s probably time to let them go.
Overwhelmed at the idea of decluttering on your own? Join me on Facebook this October as every day I’ll give you some extra tips to help you complete these 30 projects.