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Decluttering Your Home – How Long Will it Take?

As we’re now well into the new year and spring is approaching, many of us are getting the itch to start spring cleaning and decluttering.

As you look around your home, you may feel overwhelmed with the amount of stuff that has somehow accumulated and you may find yourself wondering how long it will take to get everything in order.

There are many factors at play but we’ve gathered up a few tips to help you figure out how long it will take to get the job done.

DIY or Hire a Pro

This will be a major factor in determining how long it will take you to declutter your house. While it is possible to do the job yourself, professional organizers have the knowledge and experience to get the job done in a timely manner. They often work in a team, and will be focussed on the task at hand. When you do it yourself, you risk being distracted, adding to the amount of time it will take.

You will also want to break the task up into smaller, more manageable pieces. While tackling one small area at a time will make it easier, it will also add time to the project.

Size and Complexity

The size of your home and how much clutter has accumulated will obviously be another major determining factor. It is much quicker to declutter and organize a one-bedroom apartment, than a 3-story home that you’ve lived in for twenty years. If this is the first time you’re decluttering, or if it is something that is part of your regular spring-cleaning routine will undoubtedly affect the amount of time you need to budget to purge your house.

Sentimental or Minimalist

For anyone who is very sentimental, decluttering your home can be a time-consuming task. Some people need to see and touch every item before deciding whether to keep or dispose of it. Others, who lean more towards a minimalist personality can make snap decisions and declutter an area quickly.

Declutter in a Day?

Can you declutter your home in one day? Absolutely, it is possible for some. Again, depending on the factors involved. The best way to know how long it will take to declutter your home, is to talk to a professional organizer. We gather all information about the size of your home, complexity of the job, your goals for the project, and can give you an estimate of how long the job will take.

Estimated times

Keeping all of the above in mind, here are some general estimates on the length of time it will take one person to organize various areas.

  • A regular sized closet can take 3-4 hours to declutter and organize, whereas a medium-large sized walk-in closet will take between 5 – 8 hours.
  • A double-sized garage can take 6 – 7 hours (of course, depending on the amount of items).
  • An average-sized kitchen will take between 5 – 6 hours, and if you have a walk-in pantry, budget another 5 – 6 hours.Keep in mind if you decide to do it yourself, go easy. Break the areas to be decluttered into smaller, more manageable areas and budget small blocks of time over a longer period to ensure you don’t get overwhelmed or burnt out.Looking for more information? Contact us today for a free phone consultation, and let us bring harmony into your home!