Does your home look tidy… until you open a closet, cabinet, or drawer only to be greeted by an avalanche of clutter? It’s easy for clutter to accumulate behind closed doors, out of sight but not out of mind.

Here is a simple and specific decluttering checklist where you can tackle 30 smaller organizing projects, most in 30 minutes or less! In a month, your home could be less cluttered and more organized.

Imagine the feeling of being productive and satisfaction when you finish the space and can check it off as DONE!

Identify Problem Areas:

Small Decluttering Project checklist created by Ashley StefankoThe first step to conquering hidden clutter is to identify the problem areas in your home. Take a walk through each room and make note of spaces where clutter tends to accumulate behind closed doors. This could be closets, cabinets, drawers, or even under the bed.

Set Realistic Goals:

Decluttering can be overwhelming, especially when faced with years of accumulated stuff. Break the task down into smaller, manageable goals. Set aside specific blocks of time to tackle each problem area, whether it’s 30 minutes a day or a few hours over the weekend.

Decluttering Strategies:

Here are some easy ways to clear out hidden clutter in your home:

The Four-Box Method: Label four boxes or bins as “Keep,” “Donate/Sell,” “Trash,” and “Relocate.” As you go through items in a space, place each item into one of the boxes based on its category. This method helps streamline the decluttering process and makes decision-making easier.

Use Vertical Space: Maximize storage space in closets and cabinets by utilizing vertical organizers such as shelves, hooks, or hanging organizers. This helps keep items visible and easily accessible, reducing the chances of clutter piling up.

Seasonal Rotation: Store seasonal items such as clothes, decorations, or sports equipment in clearly labeled bins or containers. Rotate these items in and out of storage as needed, keeping only the essentials accessible in your everyday spaces.

One In, One Out Rule: Adopt a “one in, one out” rule to prevent future clutter buildup. For every new item you bring into your home, commit to donating, selling, or discarding a similar item to maintain balance and prevent overcrowding.

Maintenance Tips:

Once you’ve decluttered your hidden spaces, it’s essential to establish routines to maintain a clutter-free environment:

  • Schedule regular decluttering sessions to prevent clutter from accumulating again.
  • Invest in storage solutions that work for your space and lifestyle.
  • Encourage household members to contribute to the decluttering effort and keep shared spaces organized.

Remember, decluttering is a continuous process, not a one-time event. By implementing these strategies and staying proactive, you can bid farewell to hidden clutter and create a more organized and harmonious living space.