7 Tips for Decluttering Your Home This Fall

Last weekend, I recruited a few friends to help me clear out our garage before the heavy Wyoming snows start coming in. And let me tell you, it felt good. 

Spring isn’t the only season for deep cleaning. In fact, decluttering in the fall helps reveal peaceful indoor space—something we all need more of when the weather gets cold—and can actually be a really emotionally healthy process. Plus, it can’t hurt to spruce up the place before company starts calling around the holidays.

Ready to get started? Here are my top seven tips for decluttering your home this fall.

DeclutteringFall2

1) Store all your warm weather items.

Finally get an unexpected sunny day? Box up all your leftover summer items – hoses, lawn chairs – and store them out of the way. It’s so much easier to make it happen while the sun is still shining.

2) Box up your summer wardrobe.

Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a climate that is mild all year round, now is a great time to finally pack up your summer wardrobe till next season. This is also a great opportunity to donate anything you know you won’t want come spring.

3) Get your paperwork in order. 

Tax season is right around the corner. If you’re the kind of person who tends to amass a collection of paperwork on your desk, take a couple hours to lighten the load. You’ll thank yourself later!

DeclutteringFall1

4) Donate seasonal items you won’t use.

We all have fall/winter goods that no longer serve our station in life, don’t fit or are outdated. Donate anything that isn’t serving its purpose in your home to local charities that could use them.

5) Recruit a friend or two. 

Have friends who can partner with you? Recruit their help decluttering the trouble spots in your home. Odds are, they’ll bring an objective perspective to the table, ensuring you don’t hold onto anything you don’t need.

6) Change your filters.

This is a great opportunity to replace your furnace, air, refrigerator and vacuum filters. Doing so will not only improve the air quality in your home, but will also improve the efficiency of your appliances, saving you money in the long run.

7) Make space in the fridge, freezer and pantry. 

Take inventory of everything you have in the fridge, freezer and pantry, then prioritize those items in your meal plan for the next couple of weeks. This is a great way to make space before holiday cooking takes over and may help you discover creative uses for your leftovers!

What secrets do you have for decluttering? What problem areas do you tend to look over most in your own home?

Related Stories:

57 comments

Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

SEND
Jerome S
Jerome S17 days ago

thanks

SEND
Jim Ven
Jim V17 days ago

thanks for sharing

SEND
Jim Ven
Jim V17 days ago

thanks for sharing

SEND
Maria R
Maria R24 days ago

thanks for sharing

SEND
Olivia H
Olivia Habout a month ago

Thank you

SEND
Rosemary H
Rosemary H1 months ago

This is the right time of year - not spring when there is so much to do because there'll be no time during the summer and you don't want the job hanging around until next autumn. Having the place clean and tidy is nice, but I don't let it get in the way of making the most of life!

SEND
Marija M
Marija M1 months ago

tks for sharing

SEND
Amanda M
Amanda M1 months ago

De-cluttering will be a LOT easier once the kids are grown and flown. Right now, it's me against my husband and the pair of them. As soon as I get a space clear and organized, they come in cluttering it up again in my wake. ARGH. Two against one isn't a fair fight, but three against one is a rout!

SEND
Kathryn I
Kathryn I1 months ago

Thank you for sharing these sensible tips!

SEND