Six Quick Decluttering Projects You Can Do in Less Than 10 Minutes


This week isn’t necessarily one for decluttering, but next week you might all of a sudden have an urge to get rid of some stuff.  This post is for you!  Stop complaining about what you can’t get done because you’re so busy and focus on what you CAN get done.  Today I am sharing SIX quick and easy decluttering projects with you – simple little projects you can accomplish in less than ten minutes.

Getting rid of all your clutter and extras isn’t necessarily possible or even recommended for most households, but taking a couple minutes every day to do some decluttering is something that I wholeheartedly recommend.  It’s even on my homekeeping calendar for every. single. day.

Declutter a kitchen cupboard or drawer

Empty a troublesome cupboard, sort and sift through the contents and group like items with like items and toss or donate items that are broken, duplicates, or no longer used.

Clear out a toy storage area

If your children have baskets or bins or drawers, take a couple minutes to empty ONE spot, group like items together, store, donate or toss any no longer used, outgrown or broken items.  No kids?  Declutter a hobby area of yours 🙂

Sort through a paper pile

Grab that paper pile and do a quick sort – group in keep/file, toss, and shred piles.  Then put those papers where they belong.

Tackle one area of food storage

This is a great project at this time of the year – you can declutter your whole refrigerator, a shelf in your pantry or all your canned goods or just your condiments (here’s a link to how I re-did our pantry).

Declutter ONE TYPE of clothing – sweaters, short sleeved shirts, jeans, etc.

I find that remaining in one type of clothing helps to keep me focused on the task at hand.  Obviously you can move on to more than one type but if you’re trying to keep this to a quick and easy session, one or two types of clothing is perfect.

Clear and clean a bathroom cupboard or counter

Put those items back where they belong from your counter or clear out a drawer, wipe it out and put your items back where they belong.

I’m doing a CLUTTER CHALLENGE that starts on January 1, 2018 if you’re looking for how to finally declutter your entire home once and for all – this challenge is for you!  Sign up for updates so you don’t miss a thing!  AND Homekeeping Society for January’s focus is CLUTTER – stay tuned for an amazing special that starts on Friday!



  1. Hi Becky,
    Thanks for the great tips on decluttering. Interested in the Homekeeping Society special on Friday. Looking at planners for the coming year, can you print the printables A5 size and still use them easy enough?

    • Hi Jo! If your printer resizes you should be good to go – I always recommend testing it out with a free printable first 🙂

  2. Barbara L Baker-Falk says:

    Love my Rosemary/Pine candle! It does just what you said, burns long and has a wonderful scent. Very much worth the price! I stopped buying other large candles in jars long ago, because of the chemicals and sootiness, or my pet candle peeve, the wick fell over into the wax and drowned making it useless.

  3. Love this! 10 minutes seems to be the key! I was having a mental break about 2 weeks ago and decided to write down all the things I could do in 10 minutes. It has helped me so much. I’ll add these things to the list.

  4. Great tips for decluttering quickly! I like the way you broke it down into easy to do tasks that do not have to be done all at once.

  5. Catherine Dufty says:

    Oh, it’s amazing how many times I’ve said to myself that I’ll spend “x” amount of time to work on this space or I’ll just clean up this corner and then find myself on a roll and keep going for much longer or clean up more space than I’d originally planned. We are in the last stages of renovating our house and I have a small journal that I’ve made lists of things to be done for each room of the house and each section outside. I love being able to cross things off those lists and put the date of completion beside them. Breaking down large jobs into a series of smaller tasks makes things so much easier and before you know it, it’s done!

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