8 Weekend Decluttering Projects for Busy People

Decluttering can be a huge but worthwhile undertaking. One of the best tricks is to break it down into small projects you can tackle on weekends, one at a time.

That way, you have a series of steps you can finish one by one and feel good about instead of one enormous project looming over you. This makes the process more rewarding, which makes you more likely to keep going until you’re done.

Room being decluttered with stacks of boxes

Make a Plan

The first step is to make a plan. Write it down if you like to check to do items off a list. Your plan doesn’t have to be exactly like what I’m about to suggest, but you can get ideas from it all the same.

The most important thing is that once you’ve completed a step of the plan, you need to maintain it. Don’t let clutter come back to the decluttered areas as you move onto the next ones.

1. Start with Closets

Closets are a great place to put things! By cleaning them out first, you make more room to put things away. This makes the process of decluttering other rooms easier.

Tackle your clothing closets:

Donate or sell clothes you no longer wear: Go through your closet and be honest with yourself. If you haven’t worn something in ages or it no longer fits or looks good on you, it’s time to let go. Donate gently used clothes to local charities or sell them online for some extra cash.

Organize your clothes by category: Separate the clothes you’re keeping into tops, bottoms, dresses, and other categories. This will make it easier for you to find specific pieces when you need them.

Make use of storage space: If you have shelves or wall space, use it. Closet organizers, hangers, and storage boxes will help you make the most of your closet space. Hanging organizers with multiple compartments can store accessories like scarves, belts, and jewelry.

Create a capsule wardrobe: If you want to simplify your wardrobe, consider creating a capsule wardrobe. This is a great way to get a ton of outfits out of just a few pieces of clothing.

Move onto other closets in your home and do the same steps again. You may have coat closets with shelves full of junk, linen closets, etc.

2.  Kitchen Cabinets & Pantries

Just like closets, cabinets can get full of junk. Or you might not be using all the shelves to your best advantage.

Sort and Organize Your Pantry and Cabinets: Take the time to go through your pantry and cabinets and remove any expired or unused items. Group similar items together and organize them in a way that makes sense to you.

Consider using clear storage containers to help you see what you have and prevent food from going to waste.

Declutter Your Kitchen Countertops: Now that you have some free space in your cabinets or pantry, it’s time to declutter your countertops. Start by removing any unnecessary items from your kitchen countertops and storing them in cabinets and pantry.

Keep only the essentials that you use on a daily basis. This will create a more spacious and functional workspace.

Use Drawer Dividers: Drawer dividers are so helpful in the kitchen. You don’t have to rush out and buy one for every drawer. You can make your own from pieces of cardboard you cut and glue together.

I’ve even used those plastic cookie trays that come in grocery store cookies as drawer dividers. It’s a great way to reuse something for free!

Create Meal Prep Zones: Make cooking and cleaning easier by creating designated meal prep zones in your kitchen. Designate specific areas for chopping, cooking, and washing dishes. This will streamline your workflow and help you maintain a clutter-free kitchen.

3. Bathrooms

Now you can move onto the bathrooms. Make sure you’re getting the best use of any storage and counter space you have in there.

Declutter: Start by removing expired products, empty containers, and items you no longer use. Be ruthless in getting rid of things that are taking up space unnecessarily.

Organize your toiletries and makeup: Use dividers and storage containers to keep your toiletries and makeup well-organized. Sort them based on categories like skincare, haircare, and makeup, and make sure to place frequently used items within easy reach.

Tip:

Keep everything that goes on bathroom counters in a storage container of some sort. When you want to clean the surface, just remove the containers instead of each and every little bottle. So much easier!

Use your vertical space: Install shelves or use over-the-toilet storage to make the most of vertical space in your bathroom. This will provide additional storage for towels and extra toiletries.

4.  Living Room

The living room is good as a self-contained area to declutter, and it’s an important one since it’s where you spend a lot of quality time.

Remove and declutter unnecessary items: Start by getting rid of old magazines, knick-knacks, and any other items that you no longer need or use. This will instantly make your living room look tidier and more spacious.

Rearrange furniture: Consider the layout of your living room and rearrange your furniture to maximize space and flow. Experiment with different configurations until you find the one that works best for your needs.

Storage solutions: To keep your living room organized, consider storage solutions such as shelves and baskets. These will help you store and display items in a neat and organized manner.

Create designated areas: To make your living room functional and efficient, create designated areas for different activities. For example, set up a reading nook with a cozy chair and a small bookshelf, or create an entertainment center with a TV stand.

5. Bedrooms

Now you can move onto the bedrooms. These are typically the toughest rooms to clean. But you’ve already done the closets, so you’re off to a good start.

Declutter your nightstand and dresser: Start by going through your nightstand and dresser and removing any items that you don’t use or need. This could include old receipts, expired medications, or accessories that you no longer wear.

Under-bed storage: Under-bed storage containers or vacuum seal bags are excellent options for storing seasonal clothing or items that you don’t frequently use. It’s a good way to store anything from old books to mementos.

Remember the closet: While you’re decluttering, remember that room you made in the closet. Make good use of it by putting away items that don’t really need to be out in the bedroom.

Drawers in dressers and chests: If you’ve got chests and dressers in bedrooms, be sure to make good use of the drawers and cabinets in them. Store items in an orderly fashion. And again, some drawers will work better with drawer dividers.

Note: it’s okay to have a junk drawer! We all have items that just don’t belong with anything else in our homes.

Use wall space: Don’t forget to make use of the wall space in your bedroom for hanging hooks or shelves. This way, you can hang up hats, belts, or scarves and keep them easily accessible without taking up valuable drawer or closet space.

This can also become a way of decorating the room and personalizing it.

6. Home Office

If you work from home, decluttering the home office will make you feel more productive and less stressed. If you don’t work from home, you can swap this step for cleaning any other room you have, like a craft room, media room, den, “man cave” or study.

  • Sort and declutter your office supplies and paperwork to create a clean and tidy workspace.
  • Create a designated workspace with a comfortable chair and proper lighting to ensure a conducive environment for work.
  • Organize cables and cords with cable management solutions to avoid tangling and make them easily accessible.
  • Set up a filing system or digital organization system for important documents, making it easier to find what you need quickly.

7. Garage and Storage Areas

Any garage or storage nooks in your home can be great places to tuck away items you don’t use all the time, like seasonal decor.

Sort and Declutter

If it’s cluttered, start by sorting all the items into categories like sports equipment, tools, holiday decorations, and household items. Declutter by getting rid of items you no longer need or use.

Shelves & Pegboards

To maximize your storage space, add some shelves, cabinets, and pegboards. These will help you keep everything in its place and avoid clutter.

This doesn’t need to be expensive because it’s a garage, not a showroom. Any shelves you find at a thrift store are fine. Cheap plastic shelves can work too.

If you’re handy, you can put some wooden shelving on the walls. Unfinished cheap pieces of wood or reclaimed wood are perfect.

Label and Use Clear Bins

Label all your containers and use clear bins for easy identification. This will help you quickly locate items without having to search through every box.

Note: Efficiently organizing your garage or storage area will not only help you find what you need easily, but it will also create a safe and clutter-free space.

8. Kids’ Playroom

One of the most challenging areas to declutter in your home is the kids’ playroom – or whatever rooms they tend to play in.

Donate or sell toys your kids no longer play with. And get them involved in the process. Encourage them to choose which toys they no longer need and explain the importance of sharing with others.

Create designated storage areas for different types of toys. Use bins or baskets to separate puzzles, dolls, art supplies, and other categories. This will make it easier for your kids to find and put away their toys.

Implement a rotating toy system. Put some toys in storage and periodically swap them with the ones currently in use. This will help reduce clutter and keep your kids engaged with different toys.

Label toy bins and shelves. Use clear and colorful labels to encourage your kids to put toys back in their designated spots. This will teach them the importance of organization.

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Last Updated:

June 19, 2024