My Method To Decluttering Your Home In 5 Minutes

how to declutter your home in 5 minutes with the surface sweep technique

Hey0! Sorry about the MIA around here lately. I'm working on some exciting stuff behind the scenes so the blog tends to get a little neglected. In case you missed it, I'm sending a weekly newsletter with tons of decorating tips and lots of freebies. I'd love it if you joined us! You can get all the tips and learn how to decorate a home you love right here.

How are you? What's new? I'm pumped spring is slowly making its comeback. Grass is greener, temps are warmer, and the days are longer. We took a little break from projects briefly, but we tackled a couple this past weekend I'll share soon. I'm making more progress on our basement family room (sneak peek here) and I even have a few updates in our main living room involving lighting and blinds. Lots of goodness ahead.

But today I'm sharing one of my favorite cleaning tricks for decluttering your home. 

I'm a bit of a neat freak so when the clutter starts to pile up(here's what a typical day looks like in our home), I get a little anxious and do this quick run through around our home and it instantly feels cleaner and more organized. Plus it only takes me about 5 minutes!

THE SURFACE SWEEP Coined by Apartment Therapy, the "surface sweep" is exactly as it sounds: removing the everyday items that pile up. No matter how clean your home is, the everyday stuff piled up on our coffee tables and countertops makes it feel the opposite. 

Here's how the surface sweep works...

Start in one room and clear all surfaces of the items that don't belong. Dishes in the sink, magazines in the magazine rack, books on the shelf, junk mail in the recycling bin, blankets folded, pillows on the couch, and so on, then move to the next room and do it all over. This isn't full-out cleaning, it's simply a quick reset in 5 minutes or less.

It's amazing how clearing all surfaces suddenly makes your home feel organized! This is a fantastic trick for staying ahead of clutter before it gets bad and then requires more of a time investment to finish the job.

Try and see how it goes! I don't do it every night, but every few days when things start to pile up I'll cruise through the main living areas and put everything in its place. Waking up to a clean, organized home makes all the difference.

Do you have a cleaning routine that works great for you? I'd love to hear about it!

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