Make Decluttering Easier With The ‘Pick Up Five’ Method

Make Decluttering Easier With The ‘Pick Up Five’ Method

Household clutter can be overwhelming, but the longer you put it off, the worse it gets. Tackle it a little at a time with the “Pick Up 5” method.

Photo by Eric Molina.

Gradually decluttering your home a few items at a time can help you put a dent in what seems like an impossible mess. Over at Organising Junkie, writer Laurie Wittmann shares her slowly-but-surely technique:

After some thought, I came up with the “Pick Up 5” way of organising daily. I walk into a particular room, look around, and choose five things to immediately pick up and put away. If I pick those things up and put them away, then I can do something more fun for a little bit. Then, I will come back a little later and repeat the process.
I have found that looking at a major organising project as a whole makes it look unmanageable. Sometimes, I feel like a failure before I even begin. But, if I take it a little bit at a time, it doesn’t leave me nearly as stressed.

You can adjust the number based on your own mess and combine it with the Server’s Technique, in which you always leave a room with your hands full. It’s a simple way to make organisation part of your everyday routine so you can get clutter under control. For more info, check out the post at the link below.

An Easy Daily Decluttering Technique [I’m an Organising Junkie]


  • Or Five Minutes of Fussing, as I call it. When I get home from work, I spend 5 minutes tidying up. Collecting the junk mail thats been piling up, shredding letters (or just tearing em up), things like that. If you’re cluttered, a lot can be done in 5 minutes, and if you’re tidy, it keeps it that way.

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