Inside: Learn how to clean a cluttered room in less than an hour! Finally tackling the stuff doesn’t have to feel overwhelming.

So you need to clean a cluttered room – and you need to do it fast.

Rushing through the process of cleaning out a room filled with clutter isn’t ideal, but it’s absolutely doable. As long as you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, you can absolutely make a huge impact on your cluttered room in under an hour! 

Not sure how to make it happen? I’ve got you covered. Keep reading to see how you can totally transform your space in sixty minutes or less!

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What You’ll Need to Clean a Cluttered Room Fast

Before you get started, it’s important to make sure you have everything you need to clean your cluttered room. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself stuck as soon as you start – which is a great way to lose momentum and spend hours struggling to clean your space.

Use the list below as a starting point to make sure you’re well-equipped to clean your cluttered room:

  • Garbage bags
  • Your favorite cleaning spray or wipes
  • Paper towels or a microfiber cloth
  • Boxes and bins for sorting and storage
  • Post-It notes for anything you might need to label
  • Cleaning gloves

How to Clean a Cluttered Room Quickly: 5 Super Simple Steps

Now that you have everything you need to clean your cluttered space, it’s time to make it happen. By following these simple steps, you’ll be surprised to see just how quickly you can take your space from cluttered and chaotic to totally organized.

Step One: Make it fun!

Yes, you read that right. To clean a cluttered room, the best place to start is by finding a way to make the process fun. Put on your favorite playlist, turn on the latest episode of a well-loved podcast, or hit “play” on a new audiobook before you get started.

You might be surprised to see just how quickly an hour can pass when you’re dancing to your favorite songs or absorbed in a good story.

Another way to make it fun and speed up the process? Invite a friend over to help. You can catch up and chat while sorting through your stuff and cleaning up your cluttered room.

Step Two: Set a timer!

Once you’ve found the right playlist or audiobook to keep you energized, it’s a good idea to set a timer. Not only will a timer help you hold yourself accountable – after all, you’re trying to clean and declutter in under one hour – you’ll be able to quickly check your progress and speed up as needed to hit your goal. 

Ideally, your timer is big and visible from across the room – but your cell phone timer will work, too.

Step Three: Get rid of obvious trash!

Now, the real cleaning and decluttering begins. Start by getting rid of anything that is obviously destined for the landfill. Literal trash, broken things that you’re holding onto, clothes with stains or tears that can’t be fixed, and all sorts of miscellaneous stuff can fall into this category. 

It shouldn’t take you too long to cruise through your space and fill a bag with stuff that is easily identifiable as trash. Then, it’s time to move on to the next step…

Step Four: Create a donation box for unneeded clutter.

If you’re on a mission to clean your cluttered room, you need to be prepared to give up some clutter. Generally speaking, clutter is stuff that fills your space that isn’t serving a purpose anymore.

It isn’t trash, because it’s perfectly fine, but it isn’t being loved or used in your home so it’s time for it to go. 

Clutter means different things to different people. It could be books you’ve already read or clothes you’ll never wear again.

Clutter could be craft supplies that have gone unused for months, piles of mail or magazines that haven’t been touched, home decor items, pots and pans you don’t actually need… you get the picture!

The big difference between trash and clutter is that trash truly serves no further purpose. It can’t be donated or passed on to someone else to repurpose. Clutter, however, can often find new life in a new home.

Fill a box with clutter and get it to your favorite local charity (or Buy Nothing group) to benefit your community and declutter your space.

Step Five: Clean your room in segments.

Don’t try to clean your whole room at once. Instead, clean your cluttered room in segments. Start with a small, focused space – a specific corner of the room, a messy bookshelf, or some other spot where you can quickly make progress and see the results of your hard work. 

Once that spot is tidy and clutter-free, move on to the next spot, and then the following – until you’ve tackled your whole room.

Just don’t forget to keep an eye on your timer! If you aren’t focused on moving quickly, it’s easy to get lost in a task and look up to find you’ve been organizing for hours.

If You Have More Than One Hour To Clean and Declutter…

What if you have more than an hour to clean and declutter your space? 

There are a few more steps you can take to make your space perfectly clean and clutter-free, like…

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Declutter A Little Deeper

If you’re trying to declutter fast – in an hour or less – you’re going to have to cut a few corners in the process. You might miss a couple of things or skip over certain areas that might take too much time to tackle in such a short period of time.

If you end up having a little more time than you thought, take advantage of that and declutter a little deeper. Open all of those cabinets and drawers.

Examine everything on your shelves or in your closets. Figure out what truly serves a purpose and what’s just taking up space – and deal with it accordingly.

Test Having Less

If you have a little extra time to spend on cleaning your cluttered room, try taking it a step further to embrace a simpler style.

Remove unnecessary decor, furniture, and other clutter – and see how you like your space without all that stuff. If you really miss something, you can put it back. But you might be surprised to see just how much easier you can breathe when you aren’t overwhelmed with so much stuff.

Do Some Deep Cleaning

You can make a pretty impressive impact on a cluttered room in an hour or less, but you probably can’t give it the deep clean it deserves in such a short period of time.

If you have more time to tackle your space, give the areas you quickly passed over a little extra love. Dusting, mopping, and other chores you might not have had time for before will make a big difference in your space.

Use these simple tips to help get your home cleaner if you have some extra time!

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The Next Time You Need to Clean a Cluttered Room, Follow These Steps!

Not knowing where to start when it comes to cleaning a cluttered room can be overwhelming. By following these steps, you can see just how easy cleaning your cluttered room can be. 

Make a checklist – or save this post – and use it again the next time you need to quickly declutter. Your future self will thank you!

What do YOU do when you need to clean a cluttered room fast? Share your best tips in the comments!

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  1. Great post Julianna! I think that having a time limit is actually one of the most helpful things when you Declutter because it forces you to not overthink. We all become amazing inventors or ways to use old junk when faced with parting with it but when your on a time limit you stop making excuses for clutter and just let go!

    1. I agree – but equally, setting aside a chunk of time, and telling everyone in your home that that’s what you are doing, is also helpful.
      I joined an online session recently and ring-fenced the time from any interruptions. I got so much done. Still lots more to do but very happy with how far I got.

  2. In the bedroom I make the bed first and then use that as my big table. If I have clothes lying around I lay them on the bed according to pants shirts etc and then I decide as I go laying them on the bed whether to hang them up or whether they need to go in the laundry then I clear off anything on the dressers or nightstand. If I’ve let papers get the best of me I grab all the papers and put them into a paper sack to be sorted afterwards. Then I clean any surfaces and put away anything laying around.

  3. This helped me finish cleaning my room in less than 1 hour! It worked so well. For me it helps when I play music then I set aside time to clean my bedroom.

  4. Your method won’t work for me. You are talking about light clutter! I need a variation of Marie Kondo, with a pile for: to keep, donate and to give.

  5. This method works so well. I listening to music to make it fun and it hlped me have my bedroom done in less than 45 mins.

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