Decluttering a room, a cupboard or your wardrobe can be super-satisfying, and it doesn't have to be daunting. Start slow, and follow these steps. 

Please note that at the current time and under government recommendations, most charity shops and recycling banks are closed, and we're not able to meet up with people to swap, share or sell so some of the ideas suggested below aren't possible. It's actually considered fly-tipping to leave donations outside charity shops and organisations when they're closed, so don't try to donate your extra items just yet. Definitely get started separating what you own into 'keep' and 'donate' so you can neaten up and organise your spaces but just hold onto any items you're ready to part with until it's safe and possible for you to follow the additional steps to pass them on.

1) Collect your clutter

Choose a cardboard box or a carrier bag to declutter into. This box is not the final resting place for your clutter, just somewhere for it to go before it leaves your house. Make it small enough to carry in case you need to walk it to a charity shop when it is full. Bags can be hooked up out of the way of toddlers and nosy dogs.

2) Put it somewhere noticeable

Your decluttering bag or box needs to go somewhere you cannot miss it. You want it to remind you to declutter. Mine is usually at the foot of the stairs but sometimes I put it in the hallway. As it gets fuller it gets nearer the door.

3) Decide where your clutter will go

If you have a charity shop already picked out before you start to declutter it will make life easier when it is time to go to it. You will have taken away some of the decision-making processes that can halt you in your tracks. You might need to arrange transport, or plan dropping off your donation bag on the way somewhere. Most of the larger charity shops will send your stuff to a different location if you ask them to, so you don’t need to look at it again.

4) Five minute decluttering

Instead of pulling out and blitzing your stuff, try just 5 minutes of decluttering a day. Decluttering 5 things a day for 5 days a week is a simple way to build up a decluttering habit and if you do it for one year you will have decluttered 1300 things over one year!

5) Multi-task

Use small amount of time that would be wasted to chip away at the clutter, instead of putting it off. I can declutter the basket in the bathroom while I’m on the loo. I can boil a kettle and check my kitchen junk drawer for things I no longer need. Here's a checklist to help you make quick decisions about what to keep.

6) Get rid of your clutter fast

Try not to let clutter linger in your box for too long. Get it out of the way and into the hands of someone who will love it more than you. After 5 days of gentle decluttering, you should have 25 things to get rid of. Unless you are moving soon or need to downsize quickly there is no need to hurry. Slow and steady wins the race.

7) Reward yourself

Decluttering is grade A adulting! You will deserve a reward of some sort but not more clutter. Try food, watching a film, take a day out for a full list read here.

8) Don’t re-clutter!

After all that hard work don't bring more clutter home. Don't buy things if you can imagine them in the decluttering box in a few months, here's a checklist to help. Slow down, buy less and enjoy what you have.

By Lisa Cole

Lisa Cole (of is a Live LAGOM participant. Live LAGOM is a 3-year project helping IKEA customers live more sustainably at home, supported by Hubbub. These tips were originally shared in the Live LAGOM Facebook group. Get in touch if you'd like to join the group for more tips and advice like this.