For most of my decluttering, I find it best to do it a little at a time. If you scroll through my blog, you’ll find declutter checklists for every room in your home.  However, there are a few seasons or unique times in our lives where it makes sense to do a deep declutter of just a certain category in one day. Today, let’s look at a few of those times and uncover how to do a 1 day declutter.

Back to School:

One particular season where I like to do a 1 day declutter is the “back to school” season. For most of us, this season involves shopping for new school supplies, new shoes, and new clothes because the kids have outgrown the previous ones.

It makes sense to me to do a 1 day declutter in these certain categories to make space for the new purchases. You can find a declutter checklist on my blog to help you get started. During the declutter, you can take inventory of what your kids need to replace and see what they have outgrown.

I always involve the kids in this decision because it involves their belongings. If you involve them, it honors their choices and helps them to learn to declutter and to become more generous and thankful. 

I believe decluttering can shape your child’s heart to be generous. It gives us and them the opportunity to pass along some outgrown clothes or shoes to someone in need. It also helps them to see everything they actually have which gives you, as a parent,  a chance to talk about thankfulness. Enjoy this process of decluttering their things along with them and make it a growth opportunity. 

Christmas:

Christmas is another time where it makes sense to do a 1 day declutter. If you have children, this makes sense in particular. For our family, Christmas involves buying gifts for our children and for other family and friends. A 1 day declutter will help to create space for the purchases and gifts they will receive. You can find a declutter checklist on my blog to help you get started.

 Again, always involve children in this decluttering process. They may actually declutter more than you would have chosen. Encourage that spirit of giving and ask your children if they would like to pass these items along to anyone in particular. You may be surprised and proud to hear their responses. 

Birthdays:

Birthdays are another special time where you can do a 1 day declutter. Children, in particular, will be receiving gifts for their birthdays. Encourage and help them to declutter any toys or unused items that they no longer enjoy playing with. You can find a declutter checklist on my blog to help you get started. Remind them that they will be making space for birthday gifts, and this will likely motivate them to pass along their unwanted belongings.

After the passing of a loved one:

Another time when a 1 day declutter makes sense is after the passing of a loved one. This can be particularly challenging, so please take this process slowly. There is no need to feel pressured or pressed for time. Also, involve some support when you are ready to declutter the belongings of a loved one who has passed.

Touching and handling the items of someone you’ve lost can be especially distressing, so ask for emotional support. Decluttering may also aid in your healing and provide a sense of hope.  Give yourself time to grieve before you consider this decluttering process. It may take many months or even a few years before you are ready to take this challenge on. Speak to a grief counselor to discuss the matter and decide if you are ready.

HOW TO DECLUTTER:

Supplies Needed:

1. boxes -preferably ones you can donate (Avoid plastic storage bins because you may be tempted to just store the items and not part with them.)

2. sturdy trash bags

3. marker/pen to label boxes

Decluttering Tip: Avoid using storage bins to declutter. Storage bins tend to tell your brain to “store” the items for later. That is just delaying decisions. If you aren’t getting rid of items when you declutter, you are not truly decluttering. This is why I recommend a trash bag, also. A trash bag tells your brain to “trash” the item.

Obviously, recycle if you have that option. The boxes you use should be ones you are willing to part with, so I recommend sturdy cardboard boxes. As to donations, there are many charities that will come pick up your items for you at your home.

I use one in particular where you can book an appointment for pick-up online. This is so convenient, as it saves you the hassle of hauling stuff away yourself. Scheduling that pick-up also motivates you to declutter by a certain date.

How to Declutter:

1. Start by eliminating trash first- use a sturdy trash bag

2. Sort items by category if needed so you can see what you have

3.Get rid of duplicate items, broken items, outgrown clothes and shoes, anything you’ll never use again

4. Box up the donations and trash/recycle the rest

5.Select a charity to donate your items and schedule the pick-up if that is an option

 I hope you have found this information helpful and now have a  better understanding of how to do a 1 day declutter. Subscribe to my blog for more tips and tricks for cleaning and organizing everything in your home.

Need to deep clean? I have lists for you to guide you along.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bathroom list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Kids’ Rooms list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Living Room list can be found here.

My How to Deep Clean Your Bedroom list can be found here.

Also, to keep up the general housework, you may need to create a daily housekeeping schedule that suits your specific needs. To do so, I have created a helpful series you can read here.

Need to Declutter Every room? I have declutter checklists for every room and every space in your home to guide you along below.

How to Declutter the Guest Room or Your Kid’s Room checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Laundry Room and Patio checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Coat Closet/Hall Closet/Linen Closet checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Home Office checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Attic checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Garage checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Living Room checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Kitchen Checklist can be found here.

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How to Declutter Your Entry/Foyer/Mudroom checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Clothing checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Bedroom checklist can be found here.

How to Declutter Your Bathroom checklist can be found here.

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Happy Decluttering!

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