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  19th May 2019

Decluttering, Organising and Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

Decluttering, Organising and Cleaning – What’s the Difference?

The terms decluttering, organising and cleaning are all used to describe the process of tidying your house, and although they are often used interchangeably there are some clear distinctions between the three. In fact, each can be used to describe a separate stage of the process, all with their own importance. Although each refers to a separate part of the process, they work hand in hand to make your life easier. Here’s a guide to the differences between decluttering, organising and cleaning…

A bedside organiser containing a phone, change, pens and other assorted clutter

What is Decluttering?

Decluttering should be the first stage in your tidying process, as it will make things a lot easier in the long run. The task of decluttering is focused on letting go of any items that are no longer serving their purpose. This might be because they’re old, broken or no longer suitable, or it might be items that don’t get used anymore. Maybe it’s the box of clothes at the back of the wardrobe that don’t quite fit like they used to or the once-loved books that are now gathering dust. Sorting through your belongings and clearing out any unnecessary items means that you will have less to think about when it comes to organising and cleaning, saving precious time and making the whole process that bit easier.

The process can also be applied to your schedule. A regular review of your commitments with a view to letting go of any that are no longer feasible, enjoyable or fulfilling can be a very worthwhile exercise in helping you regain time to focus on the things that are most important to you.

An organised storage unit

What is Organising?

Once you’ve removed any unnecessary items from your home or workspace, it’s time to move onto the all-important organisation. The art of getting better organised is all about creating systems that will make your life easier and these systems can take many forms. Organisation brings structure and simplicity to your home or workplace, and a carefully considered system will go a long way in reducing your stress levels and saving you time when looking for what you need. The ideal organisation system can look different for everyone, for some people it might be finding the perfect filing system for your paperwork and for others it could be creating a colour-coded capsule wardrobe to make getting ready in the morning as simple as possible. There are countless solutions available when it comes to getting organised depending on your needs and finding your ideal system can change your life for the better. For step-by-step guidance to decluttering and organising throughout your home, head to Amazon to purchase a copy of my book, A Better Organised Home in 30 Days.

A woman changing dark green sheets

What is Cleaning?

Cleaning is the final stage of the process, and it’s a whole lot easier to clean effectively when you’ve decluttered and organised your space. Cleaning typically involves equipment or cleaning products like dusters, a vacuum or disinfectant and it’s the finishing touch on your newly improved home. When cleaning, you’re removing dirt and dust from your space and making your home a more welcoming environment to relax in.

I’m Kate, a productivity coach & professional organiser based in Glasgow. I work remotely or in-person to help busy decision-makers declutter their space and manage their time so that they can enjoy better balance and productivity. To sign up to my newsletter, please head to


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