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Declutter Before You Clean: The Secret to a Breezier Spring Cleaning (Even Busy Professionals Can Do It!)!

Updated: Mar 19

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Young Man Cleaning Kitchen Table

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Spring has sprung! But before you grab the cleaning supplies and dive in, take a beat: how much easier would cleaning be with less stuff in the way?

Decluttering is the secret tool of efficient spring cleaners. Imagine a kitchen where everything has its designated spot, and cleaning is a breeze because there's less to move around. Sounds good, right? Let's get started!

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Why Declutter Before You Clean? (Time-Saving Benefits)

Decluttering isn't just about creating a neater space; it's about making your cleaning efforts more efficient. Here's how:

  • Less cleaning time, more relaxing time! With fewer items to dust, sweep, and move around, you'll be finished cleaning in no time, freeing up precious time to relax.

  • Find things faster. No more digging through overflowing drawers and cabinets searching for lost items. Decluttering helps everything have a designated spot, making it easier to find what you need.

  • A calmer, more peaceful home. Clutter can be visually overwhelming and lead to stress. Decluttering creates a sense of order and reduces stress, making your home a more tranquil space.

Getting Started: Easy Decluttering Wins (Small Steps for Big Results)

Decluttering a whole house can seem daunting, especially for busy professionals. But don't worry, you can achieve big results by starting small! Here are some easy decluttering wins:

  • Focus on high-traffic areas first. Start with areas you use most, like the kitchen, bathroom, or living room. Decluttering these spaces will have the biggest impact on your daily life.

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  • The 10-minute declutter challenge: Feeling overwhelmed? Set a timer for 10 minutes and choose a drawer or cabinet to tackle. Empty it, sort ruthlessly, keeping only what you use and love. Donate or toss anything else. Group similar items together and use containers or shelf liners to keep drawers organized.

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Conquering the Kitchen: A Decluttering Strategy (Organize Your Kitchen for Efficiency)

The kitchen is a prime area for clutter accumulation. Here's how to reclaim your space:

  • Tackle the Counters: Begin by clearing everything off the counters except for 3-5 essentials (coffee maker, knife block). Find designated storage areas for everything else, so you know exactly where to put things away after use.

  • Pantry Power: Pull everything out of your pantry, group similar items together, and toss expired food. Donate unopened, non-perishable items you won't use.

  • Cabinets and Drawers: Repeat the ruthless sorting process you used in the 10-minute challenge. Keep only what you use regularly.

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Bonus Decluttering Tip: The "See it in a Store" Test

Here's a simple trick to help you decide what to keep and what to let go: Ask yourself, "If I saw this item in a store today, would I buy it?" If the answer is no, thank the item for its service and donate or toss it.

Additional Decluttering Tips (Expand Your Decluttering Reach)

Decluttering isn't just limited to the kitchen. Here are some additional tips to help you declutter your entire home:

  • Wardrobe Refresh: Declutter clothes by season. Sort into keep, donate, and recycle piles. Organize your remaining clothes by category and colour for a more streamlined closet. Consider using the "see it in a store" test when making decisions about your clothes as well.

  • Seasonal Items: Pack away winter clothes and decorations after the season. This will free up valuable storage space and prevent clutter build-up throughout the year.

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Declutter Your Way to a Lighter You (Benefits Beyond a Clean Home)

Decluttering isn't just about cleaning; it's about creating a space that reflects your life. When you declutter, you'll not only have a cleaner and more organized home, but you'll also feel lighter and more relaxed.

Need More Help Decluttering? (Decluttering Resources for Busy Professionals)

Conquering clutter can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also feel overwhelming, especially when you're short on time. Here are some additional resources to help busy professionals like you declutter your home:

  • Infographic: 13 Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering: This infographic dives deeper with thought-provoking questions to guide you through the decluttering process. [text description of infographic content, e.g., "A colorful infographic titled '13 Questions to Ask Yourself When Decluttering'...]

infographic  "13 Declutter Questions to Help You Decide"

  • Spring Cleaning Secrets PDF: Feeling like you need a roadmap? Download our free "Spring Cleaning Secrets" PDF for a room-by-room decluttering plan. This will help you tackle your entire home: Spring Cleaning Secrets

poster of woman cleaning window "Spring Cleaning Secrets"

  • Professional Organizer: For personalized decluttering guidance, contact Brad at In and Out Organizing serving the Greater Toronto Area. Brad can help you create a customized decluttering plan and transform your home into a calm and organized space. Contact Brad at 416-859-0518 to breathe new life into your space!

Decluttering your home is an investment in your well-being. By creating a more organized and peaceful space, you'll not only save time on cleaning but also reduce stress and feel lighter overall. So why wait? Take the first step towards a clutter-free home today!


If clutter is getting in the way of your peace of mind, give us a call.

We are Brad and Cathy Borg; siblings and professional home organizers serving the Greater Toronto Area.



Mar 31, 2021

This is such a great list, and a great time for looking over your items to evaluate what's still useful to you! During each seasonal wardrobe change, I usually find a few things at least that I don't want to wear anymore.

Cathy Borg
Cathy Borg
Mar 31, 2021
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Thank you Phaedra.It is so much easier to decide when you are at the end of a season which pieces you didn't wear or didn't fit. Why store something that is no longer useful?

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