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Fast Declutter Tips when You have No Time

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Do you have no time to declutter, clean, or tidy your home? Does it feel like you are always jumping from one thing to the next, only to come home and feel like you are drowning in your stuff? If so, I have some fast declutter tips that will help you conquer your time, clutter, and mental state!

With the tips I am about to share, know that they come from the same place that you are currently struggling with now. I had zero ability to worry with how tidy my home was. There was zero time to even think about deep cleaning my home. But I managed to turn things around one small step at a time.

By adding simple systems to your busy schedule you will turn things around in your home as well! With only a few minutes to spare, you can transform how your home feel, I promise!

Do you have no time to declutter, clean, or tidy your home? Does it feel like you are always jumping from one thing to the next, only to come home and feel like you are drowning in your stuff? If so, I have some fast declutter tips that will help you conquer your time, clutter, and mental state!

Fast Declutter Tips When You Have No Time!

1// Use a basket for mail/paperwork

Put one basket close to the door you enter as you come home for the day. All mail and paperwork that needs to be dealt with goes in it! It will keep the rest of your home paper clutter free. Plus, you will know exactly where your bills are when it is time to sort through and pay them.

2// Grab a laundry basket for dirty clothes

Quickly go through your home and grab all the dirty clothes you can find. Once you have collected them, sort them in the laundry room and start a load of laundry.

By doing this once a day, you will stay on top of laundry and keep your home free of dirty clothes clutter.

3// Keep individual catchall baskets for everyone in your home’s entryway

Having an individual basket for each person in your home eliminates clutter from creeping in to every part of your home. It is a simple system that allows you to delegate putting things away that are someone else’s responsibility. All you are responsible for are your own things.

4// Keep counter tops clear

Do not clutter your counter tops with things that do not belong on them. It will only create a chore for later. Put things where they go to begin with and the time you spend decluttering your home will decrease significantly!

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5// Organize dirty laundry as you collect it

Organizing dirty laundry the moment you collect it allows you to only touch it once, and it allows you to see which load needs to be washed next. Having a laundry system that works for you instead of against you will allow you to move through laundry quicker and not even think about it.

6// Diffuse relaxing essential oils

When you do all of the other steps to keeping your home clutter-free, you will have more time to relax, no matter how little time you have. When you do have a brief moment to do so, be sure to diffuse relaxing essential oils that help you feel as decluttered as your home is. You have to take care of yourself as much as your home, and you deserve to breathe in essential oils that help support you while purifying your clean home!


These fast declutter tips will help reduce the clutter throughout your home. However, the most important concept you need to adopt is the art of “The One Touch Rule”. This simply means that when you finish using something, put it in its home. This rule allows me to know where everything is within my home, and it is easier to keep my space clutter free. Plus, when you have no time to worry with decluttering, you won’t have near the items to worry about!

As you develop these new habits and systems to keep your home clutter free, you may feel the need to tweak them a bit to fit your home better. While I definitely want you to do what works best for you, I suggest holding off on tweaking them until these new habits and systems feel like second nature. When you no longer have to remind yourself where the mail is supposed to go or using your bin to keep clutter at bay, then tweak them to work well for you.

The most important part is developing the habit so that you can declutter fast, because as we said at the beginning, you have no time to worry with it!

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Kim
    August 29, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    “The One Touch Rule” is some great advice! When it comes down to it, clutter comes from not putting things back in their place or not having a real place for them. In the latter case, it may be a sign that you should get rid of those items.

    • Reply
      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      September 7, 2018 at 8:19 am

      I like your thinking, Kim! I think if you have trouble putting something in particular back in its home you should evaluate the necessity of it or maybe it needs a new home elsewhere in your home.

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    Erika
    September 2, 2018 at 8:31 pm

    I loved the individual catch all baskets! I can’t believe I’ve never thought of trying that before especially since it’s my husband that likes to leave his belongings scattered everywhere. LOL. I’ll definitely have to try it and see if it gives him a hint to stop just setting things down and walking away!

    • Reply
      Erin | The Tannehill Homestead
      September 7, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Let me know how it works for him! It takes a little bit to get used to it, but it is so helpful when needing to find something that wasn’t put in its “home”.

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