Three Very Effective (and Fun!) Ways to Declutter a Tiny House

Are you thinking of buying a tiny house and becoming a card-carrying member of the tiny home movement?


The tiny house lifestyle has so many benefits, including financial freedom, simplicity, locational flexibility, and freedom from stuff.

OK, well, actually, that last one comes with a bit of fine print. Are you ready for a tiny house truth?

Owning a tiny home means you will own far fewer things, but you will also have to declutter with some regularity.

Fortunately, this nifty tiny house decluttering habit will serve you in the long run. Oh, and in today’s tiny house blog post, we’re going to show you how to make decluttering a tiny house fun!

Decluttering in a Traditional House

Have you ever lived in a traditional home and been tasked with cleaning out the garage?

Traditional houses can hold decades’ worth of stuff, and all too often, the owners of the stuff have no idea they even own it!

(Raise your hand if you’ve ever bought a second-something because you couldn’t find the first!)

This is the sort of clutter chaos that won’t happen to you in a tiny home. However, you will still need to be diligent.

When you live in a tiny home, you live really close to your things. On the plus side, this means things are easier to find. On the negative side, it means you will need to put more effort into decluttering than you’re probably used to.

Decluttering doesn’t have to be a chore, though. In fact, because you’ll do it often, organizing and decluttering will become a habitual part of your life. And the more you do it, the easier it is.

So without further ado, here is how to tackle this all-important tiny house skill.

#1 Take 30 Items Out of Your Tiny Home Right Now

What are you waiting for? Go! Go!

This is the fire-drill edition of decluttering that gets the job done.

If decluttering stresses you out, tear through your tiny house and get the decluttering done as fast as possible.

You’ll want to go through your tiny house closet, bathroom cabinets, built-in storage cubbies, storage steps, upper cabinets, pantry, and don’t forget to clean out your tiny house garage!

Pro tip: If you have to think about it for more than five seconds, you probably don’t need it!

#2 Set a Ten Minute Tiny House Timer

Does the tiny house decluttering game we described above seem far too stressful?

No worries. For you, we have a different game. Well, ‘game’ might be stretching it. Let’s call this one a tiny house decluttering strategy.

This decluttering strategy is simple; just set a timer for ten minutes, and get as much done as you can.

If you want your tiny house organization efforts to pack more of a punch, go ahead and focus on one particular area. Oh, and if you want it to be more fun, put some essential oils in your diffuser, open the windows, and and crank up the tunes.

Pro tip: If you have a junk drawer in your tiny house, that’s usually the place to start!

#3 Take Everything Out of Your Tiny House and Put it Back In

Have you been living tiny for years?

Are you particularly hardcore?

Well, then we challenge you to the ultimate tiny house decluttering game.

Take everything out of your home and put it back in.

Does that sound insane? If you don’t live in a tiny house yet, it probably does. Actually, though, it’s not as crazy as it sounds. You could probably do this method of tiny house decluttering in a weekend pretty easily with a few supplies and a little planning.

Now let’s talk about why this tiny house decluttering strategy is so effective.

When something is already in our home, it’s easy to rationalize its existence. Keeping it feels safe, whereas getting rid of the item takes effort.

When you remove everything from your home and have to put it back in, you reverse the pain. It takes more effort to put things back into your tiny house than to keep them out. Yes, there will still be gifts to part with, but somehow they’ll look different to you from this perspective.

Pro Tip: Everything you can fit in our Napa model tiny home will easily fit in a cargo van. Yes, even the couch.

What Should You Keep in Your Tiny House?

Even if you choose the take-everything-out-of-your-tiny-house-and-put-it-back-in method, you’ll still want to keep a few items. You know, to live.

So what should stay in your tiny house?

Here are our suggestions:

  • Things you use at least once per month.
  • Things you look at and appreciate often.
  • Things that are deeply necessary. (Like medications even if you take them infrequently.)

Remember, your tiny house is your sanctuary, and you deserve a clean living space. This lifestyle is also all about flow, so just because you say goodbye to something now doesn’t mean you can’t obtain that same object again in the future.

Bottom line: It pays to stay focused on what’s serving you now!

What Should You NOT Keep in Your Tiny House?

Oooff. So many things, but since lists are helpful, we’ll point out a few items of tiny house clutter you’ll want to get rid of. These things have no space in your tiny home!

  • Things you’re keeping out of guilt.
  • Things that are broken that you don’t have the money, expertise, or emotional bandwidth to realistically fix.
  • Things that almost spark joy, but don’t.
  • Things you have multiples of but don’t need multiples of. Underwear, yes. Spatulas, no.

Bottom line: When you’re living the tiny house lifestyle, you get to enjoy clean spaces, working items, and things you’re totally head-over-heels about.

Can’t Wait to Start the Tiny Home Decluttering Process?

We can’t blame you. After all, decluttering can be extremely cathartic.

In order to do this properly, though, you’ll need a tiny home! (So let’s get you one, shall we?)

Are you ready to get started with your tiny house lifestyle, like, yesterday? If so, we have inventory models available.

You can access our quote calculator here, and when you’re ready, get in touch with our team to book your free tiny home consultation. You know, so you can get to decluttering your tiny house like a pro!

Thanks for reading our tiny house blog; we can’t wait to meet you!

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