10 Tiny Decluttering Steps You Can Take Today

If you’ve been procrastinating on a home decluttering project, chances are the reason behind your hesitation is feeling overwhelmed or just not knowing where to start.

vase of pink flowers next to organized stack of books

Those things can trip anyone up on the road to organization. When you find yourself stuck in a pattern of avoidance, the best method to change that pattern is to start with small tasks.

Even doing just one little thing is progress. To help you along your way, consider one of these ten tiny decluttering steps you can take today.

Clear Just One Surface

Clear your kitchen table. If that’s too overwhelming, choose a segment of your countertop. Make it a surface you see daily, and be sure to keep it spotless.

Empty a Shelf

Now that you have a surface cleared that you will see every day to provide you motivation, you can move on to another small task. Empty just one shelf. Remember to continue to keep it neat.

Designate a Paper Zone

Nothing accumulates and gets out of control like papers. Designate an area as a catchall for your paperwork, and always place new papers in a tray or box.

The kitchen counter is usually a good place for this kind of paper, so I have a basket on my counter that I use to corral all the paper that comes into the house.

Find Homes for 5 Things

We all have a few items that never seem to get put away. Carefully choose your five most commonly left-out items, and find special places to store them.

As you make this step a habit, it’s a good idea to train your children to help keep the house organized by picking up their toys and things.

Donate Three Pieces of Clothing

Clothes are often the worst to declutter. Choose just three pieces to give away each day while getting ready….things that don’t fit anymore or that you haven’t worn in over a year.

As you do this each day, you’ll soon have a bag full that you can take to the donation center.

a coffee table decorated with a book, clock and vase of purple flowers


Dump One Drawer

Pick just one drawer in your home to declutter. Then dump it out. This lets you see everything at a glance and makes the sorting process easier.

Organize Your Medicines

Medicine, bandages and other health supplies should be kept together. Tackle just your medicine cabinet, creating a neat and tidy place to keep the up-to-date items you use most regularly.

Create a Simple File System

Remember that paper zone? Soon it will overflow. Designate just a few file folders to hold your most common categories of paperwork. Then sort through the documents in your tray to file them quickly in their place.

I like using the Sunday Basket method from Organize 365. While she has a box that you can purchase for keeping your paper organized, I just use a pretty basket that I bought from a home decor store.

Take That Bin to the Car

Once you have a few tiny tasks underway, you’ll likely end up with a sizeable amount of stuff to donate. Take the bag or box out to your car to deliver to the thrift shop.

See how easy it is to get rid of stuff?

Picture Your Finished Room

These small decluttering tasks are adding up. Take a look around and picture how your room might look when completely pared down and organized. Visualization is a powerful motivator.

Taking small decluttering steps is easy. Soon you’ll be on your way to big life changes.

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6 thoughts on “10 Tiny Decluttering Steps You Can Take Today”

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    Great tips Erin. I declutter in small steps like these and it works really well for me. Tackling a whole room can be hard when you are short on time. But these steps are easy to do quickly and see improvement right away.

    I often get frustrated with drawers being disorganized. I’ll dump the drawer and organize it like you suggested, getting rid of all the clutter. Our junk drawer in the kitchen is the one drawer I have to do over and over. Because it ends up with odds and ends in it we don’t need to keep.

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    I love that you put tiny. I think that sometimes we get overwhelmed before we even get started. I am actually not at home right now so I couldn’t print this out, but I bookmarked it so that I can come back and do it later. I am going to share this. Thank you for sharing at Happiness is Homemade.

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    These are great ways to get started on decluttering, Erin! Thank you for sharing. 🙂 I’ve found that donating things is one of the best ways I can declutter my home. I’m also very careful about what we bring into our home now and don’t just buy stuff because it’s on sale/clearance. I think about purchases and how it will impact our home.

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