The 10-Minute Routine That Transforms A Cluttered Home

It all happens so quickly: One minute, you have a manageable pile of junk mail on the dining room table. A few days later... and you'd rather eat on the sofa than move the mountains of clutter taking over the table.

Taking that first step to getting organized can feel impossible, but professional organizer Peter Walsh says it's easier than you think. "If you're feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start, here's a technique that will help you slowly eat away at it, one mouthful at a time," he says.

In the above video, Walsh shows us a decluttering dance that he calls the "Trash Bag Tango." "The idea here is to clear the superficial clutter out of your home," he explains.

First, get out two trash bags.

In the first bag, place any trash items you find laying around.

In the second bag, place items you'd like to donate (or sell at a yard sale).  This includes old books, clothing that no longer fits -- anything you no longer need and want out of the house.

The key, Walsh says, is to keep filling up the bags bit by bit. "If you do this simple, 10-minute routine every day for a week, you'll notice a difference," he promises. "Do it every day for two weeks, everyone will notice a difference. And do it every day for a month, you'll really be on top of the clutter."


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