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However, if you have clutter up to your eyeballs, you might be a bit overwhelmed on where to start. If getting organized is your goal this year, these are the best ways to declutter your home quickly and efficiently.

Have a Plan of Action

Simply jumping into an overwhelming situation might not be the smartest way to go. The best way to begin decluttering during the new year is to make a list of all the rooms in your home. You’ll then need to estimate how much time each room will take you to clean through, and it’s best to aim for 1-2 hours per room.

Short on Time? Choose a Space to Tackle Each Day

Many of us don’t have the time to dedicate hours to cleaning and decluttering—at least when you try to get it all done in one day. The best route to take in this case is to choose a space to tackle each day. This can be as small as cleaning out a kitchen cupboard or deciding to tackle the hallway closet.

If you have a little more time to spare, you can dedicate a few hours each day to once specific room in the house.

Do You Use the Item Regularly?

Let’s face it—when you have too many items, you may never get around to using them all. If you’ve had clothes hanging in your closet for over a year or you have untouched holiday items from three Christmases ago, it might be time to part ways. When an item is serving no purpose other than taking up space, it only contributes to the clutter and your stress levels.

Do You Love it?

Sometimes letting go of something you love is a challenge. If you truly love it or it holds sentimental value, it might be worth it to hold on a little longer. However, if it’s something that you can imagine yourself living without, consider parting ways.

Don’t Forget to Deep Clean

While getting organized is a great goal, you can kill two birds with one stone by deep cleaning as you declutter. Consider wiping down your baseboards, wipe down greasy cabinets, and even pay some extra attention to your windows. Clean out your window tracks with an old toothbrush and baking soda, wipe down the glass, and consider using a squeegee to leave a streak-free shine.

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