Inside: Learn what the micro-decluttering method is and how you can use it to quickly clear clutter in your home.

When you’re dealing with a cluttered home, figuring out where to start can be completely overwhelming. 

Decluttering takes time and energy – two things that are often in short supply in today’s fast-paced world.

Many of us don’t have hours or days to dedicate to the process of clearing out our space. There are often other priorities at the forefront of our lives. 

If that’s how you feel, I’ve got some good news. There is a way you can quickly and easily declutter your space without feeling overwhelmed.

By embracing the micro-decluttering method, you might just be surprised to see how much progress you can make without feeling like you’re spending all day on the task at hand. 


What is micro-decluttering?

Micro-decluttering is simply the process of breaking down the decluttering process into small, bite-sized tasks.

Instead of focusing on decluttering your entire home, or even an entire room, you start with a much smaller section.

This should be something that can easily be accomplished in a short period of time, like a single drawer, a shelf in a closet, or a corner of a room that could use a little attention. 

By dividing those bigger tasks into more manageable segments, you’ll be able to make some pretty impressive progress without feeling like you have to commit to an hour-long decluttering session. 


How can I benefit from micro-decluttering?

Micro-decluttering is a great way to address your clutter problem without causing yourself more stress or feelings of overwhelm.

Not only will you still accomplish your decluttering goals, but you’ll be able to do it at a pace that works for your schedule.

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to declutter, micro-decluttering can be a great way to make it happen.

By setting a small, easily achievable goal for yourself and accomplishing it, you’ll feel a greater sense of progress and build the momentum you need to finish the job.

You’ll also avoid one of the biggest challenges of decluttering – making a mess. When we attempt to declutter a larger space, like a whole room, we often find ourselves facing a bigger mess than we started as we navigate the process.

That’s one thing I wish I’d known before I started decluttering as it would have saved me a lot of stress!

If we can’t finish the job, we’re stuck dealing with that chaos until we can revisit the task at hand. But by embracing micro-decluttering, you knock out the small space you’re focused on from start to finish in one attempt – no lingering mess involved.

And when you’re done? You’ll enjoy numerous benefits from your newly decluttered space. Freeing yourself of clutter doesn’t just give you a more aesthetically pleasing home.

Living in a clutter-free home can lower stress, reduce anxiety, increase creativity, boost productivity, and even improve your physical health. 

woman looking at kitchen shelves

How can I use the micro-decluttering method to quickly clear clutter?

Ready to embrace the micro-decluttering approach to transform your home and clear out clutter for good? Here are some tips and tricks to help you leverage this decluttering strategy.

1. Set clear, realistic decluttering goals. 

To start, it’s important to understand the scope of what you hope to achieve.

Are you just dealing with a few cluttered cabinets? Or is it a couple of clutter-filled rooms? Or perhaps the whole house needs decluttering.

Make a list of areas you want to declutter and prioritize them based on how much they contribute to your stress levels. It’s also helpful to start in the easier areas and work your way up to the more challenging ones.

Think about how you want your home to look, feel, and function. The clearer your vision and end goals are for your space, the more likely you’ll be to achieve them.

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2. Determine how much time you can spend decluttering.

Think about your schedule and the amount of time you can realistically spend decluttering each day or week.

For some, it might be a few hours on the weekend. For others, it might be 30 minutes a day, broken down into 10-minute increments in between other tasks.

Even if you can only find five minutes a day to declutter, don’t be discouraged – you can still make some pretty impressive progress.

If you’re the type of person who thrives with a schedule, pencil in dedicated time to declutter throughout your week.

Additionally, you can set reminders on your phone to alert you when it’s time to roll up your sleeves and tackle the next task on your list. 


3. Focus on one task at a time. 

The whole point of micro-decluttering is to tackle small, easily manageable tasks, one at a time.

Instead of trying to declutter your whole kitchen, start with your junk drawer, or the bottom shelf of your pantry. Make sure it’s an area you can complete in whatever limited time frame you’ve allocated to the task. 

It’s important to stay focused and avoid distractions. A great way to do this? Set a timer for yourself and commit to only working on that one task until it goes off or you’ve accomplished your goal – whichever comes first.

Not only will a timer help you hold yourself accountable, it’ll create a sense of urgency, motivating you to work quickly and efficiently.

Need some ideas of where to get started? Check out this post with decluttering tasks you can accomplish in about 10 minutes.

box of donations

4. Follow the same template for decluttering each space. 

By following the same process for each space you work on, you’ll be able to tackle your clutter without hesitation each time you pivot to a new task.

To start, clear everything out of the space you’re decluttering. Empty that drawer, clear off that shelf, pull everything out of that basket. 

Next, get rid of everything that needs to be thrown away or recycled. This includes obvious trash, electronics that don’t work, and things that are broken beyond repair.

Then, identify items that don’t belong in that particular space. Once you’re done sorting all of the items, quickly put them away. 

Finally, dust or disinfect the space before putting everything that’s left back in an organized manner.

If you realize you could benefit from some room organization ideas and tools, like bins or additional shelving. While you can order these in an instant on Amazon, it’s better to take your time and be purposeful with your choices.

reading a book and enjoying a warm drink

5. Celebrate your progress.

One of the best ways you can build momentum around your decluttering project is to celebrate your wins – however small.

Decluttering a single shelf might not feel like a huge accomplishment initially. But when you compare it against the untouched shelves in the same closet, you’ll notice a big difference.

And when you finish the whole thing? You’ll be amazed to see how much better things will be, even without spending a lot of time on it.

There’s no right or wrong way to recognize your achievements and celebrate your progress. You can simply take a moment to step back and admire your progress.

And don’t forget to snap some before and after photos for a great visual reminder. You can sit back for a minute and enjoy a cup of tea or a small sweet treat.

And if you’re running short on time, you can play a song you love as you move on to the next task on your to-do list. 

How do you think you can benefit from micro-decluttering? Leave a comment and let me know!

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  1. 2 Things One: A messy space causes avoidance. That costs money, meals out, coffee shops, shopping(which ADDS to the problem) etc. Tidy and SAVE! Two: Commiting to 15 minutes gets it started/going. Many times I keep going after ‘the bell’ because starting was hardest part. 2B A neat friend kept a donate bag in front door closet, then dropped off when full and going out.

  2. My house is not cluttered but oh my sewing cupboard!!!! It is a large cupboard with plenty of room, shelving etc but has become a dumping ground, beside sewing machine n overlocker it is full of materials, wool, macrame bits and pieces, craft and sewing n knitting patterns, recipe books, mending unfinished projects and everything else that goes with sewing, knitting and doing everyones mending. I am the Grandma that usually has whatever is needed for a school project or anything that needs mending etc. Has been partially sorted before with labelled containers etc but is so full now I have to lift my sewing machine out to use it. Where do I start??

  3. Thank you for the post on micro decluttering. There are so many disruptions in my day, with an ill husband and active dog, I always think I will finish a large project only to be disappointed that I didn’t finish, but I can do a small project in a short amount of time even one drawer from one room.
    Thanks for the encouragement

    1. You’re welcome, Michele. I once tried to tackle all of my clothes when I had a small window of time before I had to pick up my kids. It didn’t end well…I ended up having to put everything back because I still wanted to sleep in my bed that night. Live & learn!

  4. This decluttering style is a huge motivator for me. By starting on one drawer or shelf I can quickly sort items as trash, keep or donate quickly, yet see great results without breaking a sweat. Thank you.

  5. Thank you for this. I am a pretty organised person myself, but clutter creeps up on me too. I love to read and get new ideas on how to do it better/smarter.

  6. Thank you so much for this idea. I’m making my plan for attacking my kitchen drawers and cabinets! They have become a catch all!

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