Today, let’s talk about making a decluttering plan.. So decluttering can seem like such a big daunting task when you have a house that’s pretty full of things that you’re not sure that you really need. 

You know there’s clutter, but you just don’t know where to start. So in order to actually get it done, you need to know what to do first. And that’s why we’re going to talk about making a plan for your decluttering. 

Learn my process for creating a decluttering plan that will help you finally rid all of the clutter from your home. Plus a free printable!

Where to Start DeCluttering

So first things first, let’s look at where in your house is causing the most stress. That is usually where I start. Or if nothing else works, then I always say start in the kitchen because you can usually find a few things to get rid of, even if it’s just some expired food, extra pots and pans, or the food processor you’ve never even used.

So the first step in making a plan is to decide what to focus on. Is there a certain area, maybe you need to break it down a little smaller, like make a list of all the parts of the where.

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For example, if we’re going along with the kitchen example could list out, a silverware drawer or junk drawer, pantry, the fridge. There are all sorts of little spots in that room that need to be decluttered. So decide what area you’re going to start with. 

The third step is to decide when and once you decide that, put it on your calendar or in your planner or wherever you need to remember to do it. Maybe you need a reminder on your phone, even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes to go through one small area, put it in your plan and set a reminder so you can actually get it done. 

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Step four, as you’re starting, make sure you are prepared. Have a trash bag handy, have a recycling bin handy depending on the area you’re decluttering and have a bin for things to donate. So being prepared ahead of time will help you get much more accomplished. 

Sample DeCluttering Plan

All right, so now let’s go through a simple sample plan for decluttering an area of your home.

Let’s do an example of decluttering the office. 

First, break it down by furniture pieces and other areas like the closet.

Then, break all of those areas down further into drawers, cabinets, shelves, etc.

Here is how that might look: 

Desk – 

  • Top shelf
  • Surface
  • Drawer
  • Cabinet


  • Shelf 1
  • Shelf 2 
  • Shelf 3


  • Top shelf 1
  • Top shelf 2
  • Bottom shelf 1
    • Basket 1
    • Basket 2
    • Basket 3
    • Basket 4
  • Bottom shelf 2
    • Basket 1
    • Basket 2
    • Basket 3
    • Basket 4
  • Floor space

File Cabinet

  • Drawer 1
  • Drawer 2
  • Drawer 3
  • Drawer 4

I know this may seem pretty basic, but give it a shot. You’ll be surprised how much momentum it creates when you can quickly check things off your list and see all the progress you’re making. 

I went ahead and made an outline of this kind of decluttering plan for you that you can download right away. 

Let me know where you’re going to start and what your plan looks like!

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