The Definitive Guide to Decluttering


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by Patrick

If you're looking for a complete guide to decluttering, you're in the right place.

We've curated more than 40 resources to help you declutter each area of your life.

So if you're ready to banish clutter for good, this post is for you!

Let's get started..

The Definitive Guide To Decluttering

In this 8 chapter guide, we have outlined the different areas of your life that may be in need of some decluttering. 

We cover the obvious areas:

  • Home
  • Garage
  • Closet
  • Bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • and so on..

as well as the often overlooked areas of life that need to be addressed:

  • Digital Clutter
  • Time/Schedule
  • Relationships
  • Life Events

We’ll even give you tips to help you get started, stay organized, and finally maintain a clutter-free life. 

Keep reading..

Where to start decluttering first

1. Where To Start

Often, just getting started is the hardest part. So in this chapter, you’ll learn a bit about getting into the right mindset for decluttering. 

Once you’re in the right frame of mind, we’ll show you the best places to start, and how to gain the momentum that will keep you going.


The Decluttering Mindset

Where To Start Decluttering Your Home

How to Overcome Common Decluttering Roadblocks that Halt Your Progress

How To Start Decluttering Your Home Without Getting Overwhelmed

9 Amazing Tips to Help You Survive Decluttering with Kids

Decluttered Living Space

2. Home & Living Space

This chapter is all about your living space. These resources will each focus on a specific area of your home, so all you need to do is choose a room to start with and follow the link..


How to Declutter Your Home: The Complete Guide

How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe: A Guide for Beginners

Declutter the Bathroom – 20 Items to Get Rid of Now

How to Declutter Your Kitchen Fast

How to Declutter a Messy Garage

How to Banish Your Paper Clutter

How to Digitize Old Photos, Negatives and Documents

Maintenance Decluttering

3. Decluttering Maintenance

Once you’ve decluttered your living space, it’s important to keep it clutter free. 

This chapter is all about helping you stay organized, and maintaining a regular schedule for cleaning & maintenance, so the clutter never has a chance to build back up.


10 Tips To Help You Declutter and Clean Like A Minimalist

6 Tips for Successful Spring Cleaning

11 Cleaning Supply Tricks That Save You Money

The Minimalist’s Guide to Simple Housework

How To Make Your Household Chores Stress-Free

Declutter During a Life Transition

4. Life Transitions

Sometimes decluttering isn’t a choice. Sometimes it’s sprung onto you due to a major change or life event. 

These events can be stressful & emotional, and maybe the last thing on your mind would be to think about decluttering.  

This chapter focuses on a handful of life events that may affect you at some point in your life. 

Learning how to handle those situations now, rather than when they come up, will go a long way towards easing the stress and emotional burden.


How To Declutter When You Move

Decluttering After a Death: How to Get Through It Without Regrets

Clutter Clearing After a Divorce

Why Empty Nesters Should Declutter Their Homes

Organization And Decluttering During Midlife Transitions

Digital Minimalism

5. Digital Decluttering

The next 3 chapters focus on areas that are often overlooked with regard to decluttering, but they may contain plenty of clutter nonetheless. 

When your phone is off or your laptop is closed, it doesn’t seem possible that those devices could be cluttered. Don’t be fooled, these electronic devices may be more cluttered than your garage or attic. 

This chapter will help you streamline your apps, backup your photos & documents in a way that makes them easy to find, and even give you peace of mind with fewer notifications.


The Little Guide to Digital Decluttering

Digital Declutter: The Ultimate Guide to Declutter Your Digital Life

Digital Minimalism Defined & 10 Digital Declutter Tips

Why Turning Off Phone Notifications Was My Best Decision Ever

Tips to Reduce Screen Time: How to Set a Limit That Works

Declutter Your Schedule

6. Time & Schedule

Our time is valuable. Wasting time is like wasting a small piece of your life. 

This chapter is going to help make your schedule much more efficient. It will even help you learn to say NO when you need to, instead of automatically saying YES (and filling up your schedule).


37 Tips for a Better Work-Life Balance

Work-life Balance: Why It’s Not As Important As You Think

10 Simple Ways to Set Priorities in Life

How to Stop Saying Yes When You Want to Say No

How to Just Say No: 4 Frameworks from the Pros

How to Practice Slow Living [The Complete Guide]

Decluttered Social Circle

7. Your Social Circle

This chapter focuses on relationships, whether they be friends, family, or even your spouse. 

In some cases, clearing the clutter within a relationship can make it better. In other cases, this is about removing certain people from your life, or maybe just making sure they have a less active role in your life. 

Either way, you’ll be able to set better boundaries and have deeper relationships with the people you choose to allow into your life.


How to Declutter Your Relationships

How to Declutter Your Marriage

5 Ways Decluttering Your Circle of Friends Saves Energy & Peace of Mind

Decluttering Friendships [Video Podcast]

Dunbar’s Number: Intriguing Lessons For Our Social Lives

How Boundaries in Relationships Can Affect Stress Levels

7 Ways to Set Better Boundaries & Stop People-Pleasing

Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.

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8. Bonus Chapter

The links throughout this post have been to other great articles, but to make this a more complete resource for you, we’ve added this bonus chapter to include several books and courses on the topic of decluttering.


15 Steps To Simplify Your Life Today

Simplify Your Life in 7 Days

Top-To-Bottom Home Organizing

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Downsizing: The 5-Step Method for Life Transitions

Digital Minimalism

How to Break Up with Your Phone

Simplify Your Life in 7 Days

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Closing Thoughts

We’d love to hear from you.

What part of your life could most benefit by removing some of the clutter?

Let us know by leaving a comment below.

  • My kids are grown and leaving home, I’ve also been through a separation, and I’m still living in the same house.

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