10 5-Minute Daily Decluttering Hacks For Busy/Lazy Millennials

Decluttering is not easy. Spring cleaning requires a weekend afternoon (honestly, who has the time?!)  and some of us might see it as a daunting task. Luckily, Leo Babauta made a trick to declutter easily. From lives in California with six kids and manages a minimalist-driven lifestyle blog called ZenHabits. He is a friend of The Minimalists on Netflix, and he too encourages people to live with less clutter. If decluttering is yet to be ticked off your to-do list, Leo’s idea might be for you.

“Start with just five minutes. Baby steps are important. Sure, five minutes won’t barely make a dent in your mountain” — Leo Babauta

The premise is simple: do one of these decluttering tasks daily for five minutes, and you’ll be on your way to a cleaner and organized space. You can choose the tasks in order from 1-10 or completely do them at random, it doesn’t matter. What matters is you allot 5 minutes a day to declutter. You can consider it as a “small buy steady wins the race” type of decluttering. It’s not the one-time, big-time Spring cleaning that we’re all so scared of.

Here’s our Top Picks from Leo’s 5-minute tasks:

1 File Papers

Leo recommends getting a box or a tray to help you out organizing your paper clutter, this can be mail, office work, or clearing out receipts from your bag.

Read More: 4 Easy Ways to Get Rid of Paper Clutter


2 Clear off a Counter

This can be in your kitchen or bathroom countertop.

3 Clear a Zone

You can pick an area, your bedroom, dining, or study!

4 Clean a Shelf

Re-Organize your books or your collectibles, Leo shares that this doesn’t have to be the WHOLE shelf. It can be one-shelf at a time so it’s easier to do for you.


5 Pick up 5 Things and Find a Place for Them

Remember those items you left and forgot to place back? Yup, it’s time to return them or give them a new home.

6 Pause and Visualize

You have to consider if what’s in that room should actually be there, if not, throw it out or put it back to where it belongs. “Once I’ve visualized how the room will look uncluttered, and figured out what is essential, I get rid of the rest,” he adds.


7 Create a “Maybe” Box

If you are yet to decide if you want to keep something or not, consider making a “maybe box”. FIll it with items you’re not sure should stay or leave, and come back to it a few months after for a final judgement day.

8 Pull-Out Clothes You No Longer Wear

If you don’t wear them often, take five minutes in a day and declutter your wardrobe. Opt to pass on the clothes to friends, or donate them.


9 Organize your Medicine Cabinet

Expired beauty products need to be disposed of and it shouldn’t take more than five minutes of your time. You’ll also get to check if you need to restock on some advils.

10 Empty a Drawer

Declutter your underwear drawer or your study drawer, these baby steps will surely make your space more organized from every nook and cranny.