Simplify your home over a weekend by following these 4 expert-approved steps


Your pre-weekend prep doesn’t require actual work, but it does require some thought. In the days leading up to the weekend, think about what isn’t flowing smoothly in your home. These tasks feel more complicated than they should, the tasks you dread, and the spaces you clean up only to become a mess just minutes later.


I want you to be realistic about what you can get done in one weekend. Set yourself up for success by choosing no more than three areas in your home that need to be simplified.

Remember the list of problem areas and tasks you created during the prep stage? Use that list to determine 2-3 projects for the weekend. The projects you select are the ones that make the most significant difference in your day-to-day life.

Here are some ideas:

– You are eager to park your car in the garage before spring storms roll through, so you need to consider how to declutter a garage. – You’ve been eating more take-out than you’d like, so you want to get your kitchen cleaned out and organized in a way that inspires cooking. – You want to read for relaxation, so you want to set up a clutter-free space to bring your reading nook ideas to life. – Your kids’ after-school routines are a little haphazard in the second half of the school year, so you want to reset for a solid end of the year.


Now that you know your focus areas for the weekend, it’s time to declutter. Clutter is anything that gets in the way of your goals or vision for your home. What is clutter to one person may be a prized possession to another person, so focus on you and your home when determining what to keep and what to discard.

You’ll have three piles:

Rehome: These items are still essential and must be in your home, but they don’t need to be stored where they are in your home. Donate: These are items you don’t need but are in good enough condition for someone else to use. Toss/Recycle: These items are not in good enough condition to keep or donate.

Ask yourself these questions if you get stuck on what to keep versus what to discard:

– If the item broke or was lost, would I replace it right away? – If it were missing, would I even notice? – Is there something else in my home that serves the same purpose?

Your answers to the above questions will help you decide whether or not to keep an item.


Now that you have decluttered the space and everything associated with your weekend focus, it’s time to consider the flow of the space.

If your kitchen counter collects objects from all over the house, consider what they are and what storage solutions or drop zones you can implement to contain them before they reach the counter. If your weekend focus is the garage, consider what items are in the way. Consider space-saving ways to use vertical storage and hang things on the wall to create more floor space. Install shelves or may even bike racks. If you focus on creating a cozy reading nook, place a basket by a comfy chair that holds your book and a soft blanket.

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