The article may contain affiliate links.


Scanning through minimalists’ groups on Facebook, I often see the question: How to declutter my home if I have a 9 to 5 job? How to start the minimalist journey if I’m a full-time mom? Below is my simple answer and little guidance, how to declutter if you have a full-time job.

Firstly, be aware that most people (not only you) have jobs or businesses, or are parents, or have other tasks to do daily. Decluttering their own home isn’t anybody’s job and the only thing in life. Most people are tidying up their homes between doing other important tasks.

Disclosure: the article contains affiliate links for which I may get compensation.

And if you really want to do it, if you’re thinking about this with excitement, if you’re hoping for good and big changes in your life after decluttering – you’ll find the time.

blog | archives | about | follow | Parenting Resources Bundle [limited time]

How to Declutter If You Have a Full-Time Job or Are a Parent - Slow and Happy blog by a minimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutter #decluttering #simplelife #simpleliving


Good news! Registration for A Simple Year 2018 — a course designed to help you simplify your life gently and with purpose with the guidance of experts that I love (Courtney Carver, Cait Flanders, Tammy Strobel, The Minimalists and more) — is open again! 12 months, 12 areas of life, one expert for every area.
Lessons, video/audio lessons, monthly live webinar with the expert and FB group of like-minded people. Lifetime access. More details are here and here.
Registration open only by March 19th, 2018.
30-day refund policy.
-36Days -11Hours -31Minutes -2Seconds
simple year course review - 12 months of guided simplicity

How to declutter if you have a full-time job?

Choose your method:

FAST & EASY | Picking what you need.

You can declutter fast and in a radical way, following Ryan Nicodemus’ packing party.

All you have to do is to pack everything like you’d be moving, decide how long your experiment will last (Ryan did 3 weeks) and then live your normal life, unpacking only things that you need in a certain moment. What will be still covered or in boxes after the chosen time, you’re getting rid of!

Is it doable while having a 9 to 5? Yes! Just use one evening for looking for boxes/bags and another evening for the packing.

Check also my minimalist experiment: Declutter using pen and paper.

Check this book: 10-Minute Declutter.

blog | archives | more in: minimalism | books + courses

SLOWER & UNEASY | Throwing away what you don’t need.

In this method you go to every storage space in your home, take every item and decide whether you want it to stay or not. Ask yourself questions:

Do I use it?
Do I need it?
Do I like it? (It’s Marie Kondo’s method.)

Put back only things that serve a purpose in your life. And rather no duplicates. If you cannot decide about an item, you can put it into quarantine, for example to your basement and check if you’ll need it in the next few months. And the rest of things are to sell, donate or put into the trash can.

Is it doable while having a 9 to 5? Yes! You don’t have to declutter your home in one evening. You can declutter one shelf every evening. Go room after room, shelf after shelf. You set the pace for yourself.

I chose this method at the beginning of the year to reassess possessions in our apartment. And the reason for decluttering again after years of being a minimalist, I’ve explained in the article about my simple and slow living plans for the New Year 2018.

Check this book: Declutter Your Life in 29 Days.

blog | archives | more in: minimalism | books + courses

How to declutter when I have a full-time job? – The possible reason for asking this question

Hey, and maybe you should answer this honestly to yourself: Why are you asking this question, how to declutter if you have a full-time job? Aren’t you asking this question just to put the action on the back burner? Aren’t you procrastinating when you pretend to be looking for advice?

Just do it.

Just start.

There are no magic shortcuts in life.

Instead of minimalism, which applied once can really simplify your life 🙂

Books that might help to declutter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Now, having read my answer how to declutter if you have a full-time job or are a full-time parent, check:

What other minimalists say:

18 Five-Minute Decluttering Tips to Start Conquering Your Mess by Leo Babauta

blog | archives | about | follow | Parenting Resources Bundle [limited time]


If you like my writing, subscribe to the newsletter.

Help the blog.

There are no comments on the blog. Contact via Instagram or mail.

How to Declutter If You Have a Full-Time Job or Are a Parent - Slow and Happy blog by a minimalist #minimalism #minimalist #declutter #decluttering #simplelife #simpleliving
blog | archives | about | follow | Parenting Resources Bundle [limited time]
If you like my writing, subscribe to the newsletter.

Help the blog.

Ula Archer

Woman. Wife to one Husband. Working at home mother to two Boys, the Older and the Younger. Minimalist. Reader and self-developer. Simplifying my life to regain my space, time, energy and attention. Optimizing. To be happier, more productive, more smiling, more giving to my family. To have more time for walks in nature.