Style

How To Declutter Your Home Using The Rule Of 5

October 3, 2016 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

The spring and fall are the most popular times of year for de-cluttering your home. The seasons have changed, you’re packing away your summer stuff and digging out your boots and coats, and you’re spending more time indoors where you start to see how much crap you own. Those piles of mail, stacks of books and other clutter piles become much more noticeable.

So, how should you start if you want to de-clutter your home? Here’s the fast and dirty way to do it: the rule of 5! What does that mean? It means you throw away at least five items in every room.

READ MORE: 10 Insanely Simple Ikea Hacks That Will Blow Your Mind

So, when you’ve decided that you want to start de-cluttering, go from room to room and throw away five items per room. This can include literal trash, or items like magazines you’ve already read, objects that no longer spark joy, items that are broken and can’t be fixed, clothes that you haven’t worn in several seasons, receipts, catalogs, broken umbrellas, broken headphones, pens that have run out of ink, books you’ll never read or have already read, broken sandals, used notebooks, old batteries, broken toys… you get the idea.

READ MORE: What Is The Closet Strategy?

Start with the items that have the least personal significance and move quickly. If you’re on the fence about an item, try this trick: put it in a special “maybe” pile. Use the rule of five once a day for a week, and the items from the “maybe” pile that you haven’t touched in the week can definitely be tossed.

READ MORE: Keep Your Closet Organized With These 7 Simple Habits

So–there you have it: the rule of five. Let us know: will you try it?

[Photo: A Beautiful Mess]

 

Author:

Editorial Director

Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

Score This Seriously Soft Topshop Sweater While It's On Sale For 50% Off

Celebrate the arrival of sweater weather by making your way ...

Fashion

We Found The Best Faux Leather Leggings Just In Time For Fall And Winter

I don't know about you, but faux leather leggings ...

Fashion

The Perfect Black Dress Just Went On Sale For $35 At Nordstrom

Drop what you're doing and get over to ...

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Super Flattering $13 Tee

I can never pass up a sale. If something is ...

Fashion

Filosofia's Cozy (Sustainable!) Sweaters Are The Only Thing I Want To Wear This Fall

If you read SheFinds with any regularity, then you know ...

Fashion

Vincero's Beautiful Watches Aren't Just Insta-Worthy--They're All Under $150, Too!

When most people think of a watch beautiful enough to ...

Fashion

These Are The 10 Best Plus-Size Pieces For Fall

One of the many reasons why I love ...

Fashion

It's *Finally* Sweater Weather And These Are The 8 We're Going To Wear On Repeat

Now that what seemed like a never-ending summer is ...

Fashion

The 5 Closet-Essentials You *Need* For Fat Days

Are you a pear, hourglass, rectangle, apple or full figure ...

Fashion

Psst! The Perfect Satin Camisole Is On Sale For Just $20 Right Now

If you don't have a black satin camisole in ...

Fashion

This Just Might Be The Most Flattering T-Shirt... Ever!

Even though I already own a lot of really great ...

Fashion

Stock Up On This Perfectly Slouchy Sweater While It's On Sale For 40% Off

Sweater weather has finally arrived--rejoice! If you're totally ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS