10 quick wins for a clutter-free life …

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

When I’m teaching, as I am right now at Rancho La Puerta, people often ask me, “Where should I start?”

And I typically say, “You can either go big or go fast … it all depends on how you’re feeling in the moment.”

So, today, let’s focus on some quick wins and next week we can dig a bit deeper for the larger wins.

For now, join me on the Organization Express—choo choo!

1. Clear Your Workspace
•  Remove any unnecessary items from your desk or workspace.
•  Sort and put away loose papers and documents, like-with-like.
•  Wipe down your workspace.

2. Tackle a Single Drawer
•  Choose one drawer that either often accumulates clutter or has been ignored too long.
•  Remove everything from the drawer and sort items into like-with-like categories.
• Return only essential items to the drawer, discarding or relocating the rest.

3. Optimize Your Email Inbox
• Unsubscribe from newsletters or promotional emails you no longer need or want.
• Create folders or labels to categorize and prioritize incoming emails, then set up at least one rule or filter.
• Archive or delete old emails that are no longer relevant.

4. Declutter Your Bag or Purse
• Empty the contents of your bag onto a clean surface.
• Remove any trash, receipts, coupons, or expired items.
• Organize essential items, such as keys, wallet, and phone, in designated pockets or compartments.

5. Sort and Purge Your Closet
• Take a quick look at one closet and identify items you no longer wear because you don’t love them—they are not in good shape OR they are not flattering.
• Put them all into a donation bag and set it by the exit to your home.
• Pick up any clothes on the floor, doorknob or hook and hang up or toss in the hamper.
• Remove any broken hangers or empty hangers from the cleaners still lingering.

6. Create a Mini To-Do List
• Jot down the top three tasks you need to complete today.
• Prioritize them based on urgency or importance.
• Make 3 appointments with yourself on your calendar over the next 48 hours to get these things done.

7. Organize Your Digital Files
•  Create folders on your computer inside your Downloads or Documents folders to categorize documents.
•  Move files from your Downloads Folder into their new specific, appropriate folders.
•  Delete any unnecessary files or duplicates.

8. Refresh Your Fridge
•  Quickly check the expiration dates of food items.
•  Toss expired or spoiled items.
•  Wipe down shelves and drawers to maintain cleanliness.

9. Clear Your Mind with a Brain Dump
•  Take a notepad or open a digital document.
•  Write down all the thoughts, tasks, and ideas swirling in your mind.
•  Review the list and determine the next steps for each item.

10. Establish a 5-Minute Nightly Routine
•  90 minutes before bed, spend 5 minutes tidying up your living space.
•  Put away items that are out of place and fluff pillows on the couch.
•  Load or unload the dishwasher—don’t go to bed with dishes in the sink.
•  Pick out your clothes and any essentials for the next day.

Remember, small steps can lead to significant transformations—you don’t need hours of unstructured time to have a major impact.

By dedicating just a few minutes each day to any of these quick organizational tasks, you’ll start to experience the peace and productivity that come with a clutter-free life.

Here’s to more love and less stuff!

Andrew and the Declutter Dream Team

It’s baa-aack! Our last LIVE De-Stress Your Mess Challenge of 2023!

It starts on August 7, 2023, and for 5 days you’ll be with me and my team live as I share all of my best tips on decluttering and organizing—along with exclusive bonuses! Save your spot today by clicking here >


  • Andrew Mellen

    Andrew Mellen has been called “The Most Organized Man in America”. His message is simple: Get rid of clutter and everything opens up. Everything means everything—your workspace, your home, your time and your life. Without clutter to distract you, you will finally have free time for what matters. One of the pioneers of professional organizing, Andrew travels the world speaking and teaching. He also works with individuals, and global brands including the New York Mets, Genentech, American Express, Time, Inc. and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is passionate about organization, sustainability, and mindfulness, and lives by his motto: More love, less stuff! Find out how Andrew’s expertise, compassion and sense of humor can help change your life and your relationship with stuff today. http://www.andrewmellen.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.